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Presidential Memorandum – Hospital Visitation

Rights of Hospital Patients to Receive Visitors and to Designate Surrogate Decision Makers for Medical Emergencies MEMORANDUM FOR THE SECRETARY OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES There are few moments in our lives that call for greater compassion and companionship than when a loved one is admitted to the hospital. In these hours of need and [...]

By | April 26th, 2015|Advocacy|0 Comments

Same-sex couples now have the same protections afforded to straight couples for Medicaid long-term care

The Obama administration is set, today, to issue policy guidance to states expanding their ability to offer same-sex couples the same protections afforded to straight couples when they receive long-term care under Medicaid, the Washington Blade has learned exclusively." According to "the new guidance, dated June 10, states have the option to allow healthy partners [...]

By | June 11th, 2011|Advocacy|0 Comments

Same Sex couples now have visitation rights at Medicare and Medicaid hospitals

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has just issued new rules for Medicare- and Medicaid-participating hospitals that protect patients’ right to choose their own visitors during a hospital stay, including a visitor who is a same-sex domestic partner. HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said that “Basic human rights—such as your ability to choose your [...]

By | November 28th, 2010|Advocacy, Transgender|0 Comments

Transgender Patient Reports “Ridicule” at Indiana Hospital

In an 8/2/10 broadcast, FOX59 News in Indianapolis reported on the claims by a transgender patient that she was ridiculed and refused treatment by staff at Ball Memorial Hospital. Advocacy groups have filed complaints against the hospital saying that the patient,  Erin Vaught, was “…inhumanely treated, dehumanized, and disrespected.” Earlier this year The LGBT Cancer [...]

By | August 3rd, 2010|Advocacy, Transgender|0 Comments

Visitation Rights for LGBT Patients

Out With Cancer helped make visitation rights for all patients and their loved ones a right. We were one of several LGBT focused nonprofit organizations fighting to change hospital policies that excluded  same sex partners from the same visitation rights as married heterosexual couples.  On April 15, 2010, the President issued a Presidential memorandum to [...]

By | June 23rd, 2010|Advocacy|0 Comments

Kerry Demands Gay Blood Ban Review

A June 9 letter to the chair of the HHS Advisory Committee on Blood Safety and Availability from Sen. Kerry and Rep. Mike Quigley, Democrat of Illinois, was co-signed by thirty-three representatives and nine senators. "We join with medical experts at the American Red Cross, America’s Blood Centers, AABB, and the American Medical Association, among [...]

By | June 11th, 2010|Advocacy, Bone Marrow|0 Comments

HHS Considers lifting Gay Blood Ban

This week, the Department of Health and Human Services Blood Committee will review it's policy on banning Gay men from donating blood. Following up on a March announcement from the Department of Health and Human Services, the June meeting of the Advisory Committee on Blood Safety and Availability ''will hear presentations and engage in deliberations'' [...]

By | June 7th, 2010|Advocacy, Bone Marrow|0 Comments

Senators Ask for Gay Blood Ban Review

U.S. Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., didn’t mince words Thursday in calling for the repeal of the long-standing ban on gay men donating blood. “Not a single piece of scientific evidence supports the ban,” Kerry said  in Bay Windows, a New England-based gay and lesbian newspaper. A letter to the FDA — spearheaded by Kerry and [...]

By | June 2nd, 2010|Advocacy, Bone Marrow|0 Comments

Gay Blood Ban

16 senators called on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to end the ban on blood donations by gay men. In a letter to FDA commissioner Margaret Hamburg on Thursday, the senators called the policy “medically and scientifically unsound” and called out the double standard placed on gay men who want to be donors.“Prospective donors [...]

By | May 30th, 2010|Advocacy, Bone Marrow|0 Comments

Banning All Gay Men from Donating Blood Is Unscientific and Wrong

Gay men are banned from blood and bone marrow donations in the United States and Canada.  Aside from inequity, this impacts directly on the survival of cancer patients seeking bone marrow or blood donations from matching gay relatives.  It is time to change the policy for all men who have sex with men. From an [...]

By | May 26th, 2010|Advocacy, Bone Marrow|0 Comments