Tuesday, June 08, 2010

DC area hospitals slow to add LGBT non-discrimination statements for visitation and other partnership rights

Lena H. Sun has an important story on Metro Section p B3 of the Washington Post, Tuesday June 8, “Several hospitals lack clear anti-bias protections for gays, link here.

HRC (Human Rights Campaign) has a web statement dated June 7, “Hospitals nationwide poised to add LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination policies” here.

The HRC was hoping to find that same-sex domestic partners, even if not legally married, would have visitation and POA-like decision making powers, under a directive in April 2010 from President Obama for hospitals that receive Medicare and Medicaid funding as reported by CMS. However, many hospitals at least have not yet put the information on their websites.

In the Washington area, the hospitals without explicit findable policies included Sibley Memorial Hospital, Howard University Hospital, and Providence Hospital in DC; Shady Grove Adventist Hospital and Washington Adventist Hospital in Montgomery County MD, Reston Hospital Center and Virginia Hospital Center in northern Virginia (VHC is a high-profile hospital in Arlington), and Doctors Community Hospital in Prince Georges County, MD.

HRC was able to get feedback only from George Washington University Hospital in Washington DC; for other hospitals, HRC looked at hospital websites. Howard University has since said that it does follow non-discrimination.

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