President Obama expanded hospital visitation rights to same-sex couples

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On April 15, 2010, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HSS), per an order from President Barack Obama, advised hospitals that accept Medicare and Medicaid funding to broaden patient rights. These rights include honoring any advance directives created by a patient, which usually dictate visitation requests and power of attorney. President Obama's order to HHS specifically prohibited hospitals from denying visitation to patients, or refusing to obey advance directives, on the basis of sexual orientation.

Read overviews of Same-Sex Marriage and Health Care Reform in Features.

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