Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Woman Denied Visitation of her Lesbian Partner in Tennessee

From the DAILY KOS
December 20, 2011
by Scott Wooledge

A reminder that initiating policy changes is only the starting point in the battle to stamp out discrimination.
Kathleen Sebelius
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius
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Monday, a story broke out of Tennessee on a small blog Out and About that someone's having a little trouble understanding the Health and Human Services new directives on LGBT partner visitation policies, announced with great fanfare and finalized in November 2010 by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.
In September, Sebelius announced an initiative to step up enforcement, saying:
"Couples take a vow to be with each other in sickness and in health and it is unacceptable that, in the past, some same-sex partners were denied the right to visit their loved ones in times of need. We are releasing guidance for enforcing new rules that give all patients, including those with same-sex partners, the right to choose who can visit them in the hospital as well as enhancing existing guidance regarding the right to choose who will help make medical decisions on their behalf.”
Guess Rolling Hills Hospital in Franklin, Tennessee didn't get the memo. Blake Boldt reports atOut and About:

Complete story at:  http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/12/20/1047230/-Woman-denied-visitation-of-her-lesbian-partner-in-Tennessee

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