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freeplessinseattle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-15-10 08:37 PM
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34. He called Janice Langbehn to personally tell her
Got this in my email from Lambda Legal, so no link, sorry.

Dear Lisa,

Moments ago President Barack Obama called Janice
Langbehn from Air Force One to personally let her know that
he has signed a memorandum that will have an impact on the special
health care needs of LGBT people and families - and hopefully prevent her
story from happening again.

President Obama told Janice that what happened to her was "outrageous"
and thanked her for her courage.

Lambda Legal launched legal action on behalf of Janice Langbehn against a Florida hospital that denied her visitation after her partner Lisa Pond was stricken with a fatal brain aneurysm. Even though she had power of attorney, for 8 hours hospital staff refused to allow Janice and her children in to see her dying partner of over 20 years - with one employee informing her that she was in an antigay city and antigay state.

In homes across the country - including the White House -
Janice's tragic story brought light to the special health care issues that LGBT
people face. Her courage and dedication to tell her story and help educate others
showed us all that we can make have an impact. Tonight, we simply
want to say: Thank you, Janice!

The health care memorandum the President just announced directs the
Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to promulgate rules for
hospitals that receive federal funding to develop visitation
policies that take into account LGBT families and to ensure that rules
are enforced for respecting the legal documents that patients have
about who can make decisions for them in medical emergencies. The President also directed HHS to report back in 180 days with reccomendations to address these and other health care issues that affect LGBT patients and their families.
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