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LGBT Couples Face Ongoing Hurdles in Health Care Parity
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The Supreme Court ruled today to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and expand the legal definition of marriage. Married people enjoy a slew of federal benefits and in California, gay couples already enjoy many of those same rights. One problem, however, is that some LGBT couples have faced hurdles accessing a number of those privileges. In January 2011, the Department of Health and Human Services adopted a policy to address one important benefit that married couples already enjoyed: hospital visitation rights.