The White House said last week it would re­quire hos­pi­tals to give same-sex part­ners the same visi­ta­tion rights as im­me­di­ate fam­ily.

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The White House said it would re­quire hos­pi­tals to al­low same-sex part­ners the same visi­ta­tion rights as im­me­di­ate fam­ily mem­bers. “There are few mo­ments in our lives that call for greater com­pas­sion and com­pan­ion­ship than when a loved one is ad­mit­ted to the hospi­tal,” Pres­i­dent Barack Obama said in a writ­ten state­ment. “Yet ev­ery day, all across Amer­ica, pa­tients are de­nied the kind­nesses and car­ing of a loved one at their sides—whether in a sud­den med­i­cal emer­gency or a pro­longed hospi­tal stay.” The or­der calls on HHS to draft a rule to en­sure that hos­pi­tals that ac­cept fed­eral Medi­care or Med­i­caid dol­lars do not deny visi­ta­tion priv­i­leges on the “ba­sis of race, color, na­tional ori­gin, re­li­gion, sex, sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion, gen­der iden­tity or dis­abil­ity.” Ad­di­tion­ally, the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion wants to en­sure that pa­tients’ ad­vance di­rec­tives “are re­spected, and that pa­tients’ rep­re­sen­ta­tives oth­er­wise have the right to make in­formed de­ci­sions re­gard­ing pa­tients’ care.”

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