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Monday, April 19, 2010

Obama takes on heterosexism in hospitals

Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, where last year 
Janet Langbehn was prevented from visiting her partner,
Lisa Pond, along with their children. Pond later died.

Last week President Obama jumped over a potential fight with conservatives when he ordered hospitals nationwide to honor patients' wishes about who may visit them in the hospital. Medical facilities that do not comply could lose Medicaid and Medicare money. Obama’s directive requires hospitals receiving payments from Medicare and Medicaid to follow all legally valid advance directives. The president’s action is expected to change the way some medical centers handle the issue.

Read more in the “Los Angeles Times” and at the website for ABC News. Click here to learn about the actions Jackson Memorial Hospital has taken to mend its relationship with the LGBT community.


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