Hospital visitation regs: Lambda wants to close the loopholes

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September 1, 2010

8/31/2010

"Equality in hospital visitation policies is not a controversial issue. That’s what seems apparent from the 427 comments received during the just ended public comment period on the proposed regulation to implement President Obama’s hospital visitation memorandum.

"...Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund and two other groups have made known they believe some changes are warranted in the proposed language, published in June, particularly with respect to instances where the patient is incapacitated. But there’s no guarantee HHS will adopt Lambda’s suggestions, and actual enforcement of the president’s directive is still months—and another public comment period—away.

“...'While the proposed new rules are certainly good news, important clarifications are needed,' said Tara Borelli, a Lambda staff attorney who was principle author of the comments to HHS."

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