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Ohio Hospital Denies Woman Her Deceased Wife’s Medical Records

Monday, August 4th, 2014

Marcia GallasA hospital in Ohio is hiding behind “state and federal privacy laws” and will not release a deceased woman’s medical records to her wife. reports:

Marcia Gallas, a woman from Blue Ash, Ohio, has been denied access to her recently deceased spouse’s medical records. While Gallas and her attorney have a federal injunction that is based on a similar case from Cincinnati, Bethesda North Hospital says they cannot release the information due to “state and federal privacy laws.” To Gallas, it seems the hospital’s rationale for this denial is that they are waiting for Ohio’s marriage equality fight to make its way through the courts. Said Gallas: I’m grieving…It’s going to take a long time to get over Barbara and I really don’t understand why they won’t recognize… what am I to think except that they have a problem with same sex marriage? Gallas is trying to obtain the records of former spouse Barbara Graham because Graham participated in an 18-year study that requires the records.

File this one under “why we need marriage equality now”.

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