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HHS Protects Same-Sex Partners’ Rights in Hospitals
Health Leaders Media

The federal government this week announced new guidelines to protect hospital patients’ right to choose visitors, including same-sex domestic partners.

The rules were finalized by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services last fall and apply to hospitals that take Medicare and Medicaid payments. The guidelines also support the right of patients to designate the person of their choice – including a same-sex partner – to make medical decisions on their behalf should they become incapacitated.