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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.

Towleroad.com 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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USA, Alabama: Why the State is Getting Sued Over Its Marriage Equality Ban

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

Alabama mapThe details behind the marriage equality lawsuit will break your heart if you have one. Unfortunately, too many in the state don’t seem to.

SDGLN reports:

Paul Hard rushed to the hospital after learning that his husband had been in a car wreck. He sent a text message to other family members: “David in wreck, in the ER, Pray.” When Hard arrived at the hospital, a receptionist refused to give him any information about his husband, David Fancher. He was told he was not a member of Fancher’s “family” and that gay marriages weren’t recognized in Alabama. After a half hour of inquiries, a hospital orderly finally told Hard, “Well, he’s dead.” Paul’s knees fell out from under him. He reached out for support, but the orderly stepped away.

The indignity didn’t stop at the hospital. A funeral home director cited Alabama law in insisting that the death certificate indicate Fancher was never married – even though Fancher and Hard were legally married in Massachusetts, but lived in Alabama.

Disgusting the way he was treated at the bleakest time in his life by people who should have known better. Compassion costs nothing.

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USA, Indiana: Hospital Keeping Woman Away from Her Partner?

Saturday, November 16th, 2013

Sarah Bray & Jennifer ClemmerSarah Baray says she is being kept away from her partner.

Queerty reports:

Indianapolis resident Sarah Bray is claiming that St. Francis Hospital is keeping her from seeing her partner Jennifer Clemmer, 28, who is hospitalized from a prescription drug overdose. Though Clemmer’s immediate family has been allowed to see her, Bray hasn’t, and she’s distraught. “We are in a partnership. It’s heart-wrenching,” she said. “If I were a man and this were my wife, there would be no issue.” The couple owns a home together, both take care of Bray’s son from a previous relationship, and were even planning on getting married in Iowa in the near future, but it hasn’t been enough for the hospital to grant more than a few minutes of visitation privileges at a time.

The hospital responds:

It is unfortunate that the current situation has been reported inaccurately in the news media and throughout social media. Contrary to the reports and social media comments, the significant other of the patient has been granted visitation with the patient regularly since her admission to Franciscan St. Francis. In addition, the significant other has been provided updates regarding the health status of the patient. We will continue to provide such access and updates as is our policy. Our hospital has worked diligently and sensitively to meet the needs of both the family and the significant other, while at the same time caring for the best interest of the patient. All are an integral part of the healing process for the patient and Franciscan St. Francis will continue to work with both parties to ensure appropriate care to the patient.

Regardless, there would be no question of her rights if she and her partner were married and if Indiana recognized that marriage. Instead, GOP lawmakers (and a few Democrats) seem hellbent on writing such discrimination into the state’s constitution, at a time when most other states are moving in the opposite direction.

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Missouri, USA: Hospitalized Man’s Brother, Partner Talk About Incident

Sunday, April 14th, 2013

Missouri Gay CoupleBoth the partner of a Kansas City Missouri man and his brother spoke out yesterday about the incident in which the partner was thrown out of the hospital and taken to jail, even though he had power of attorney for his partners care. The Advocate reports:

Nevertheless, Mansell did confirm to Kansas City’s KHSB that he tried to override Gorley’s power of attorney and make medical decisions for his brother. “I know the conversation got a little heated, and the nurse had come in the first time and said ‘you two need to leave the room,’ so we kind of quieted down for a minute,” Lee told KSHB. “Roger wanted me to leave the room, and I told him ‘well, no, you need to leave the room’ and the nurses came in the second time and said ‘you both need to leave the room.'”

When Gorley refused to leave his husband’s bedside, a nurse called hospital security, who forcibly wrested Gorley away from his husband’s bed. “Hospital security came, and it started to hit me on my wrist,” Gorley told KHSB. “[They] hit me … because I was holding on, and they kept hitting and kept hitting and kept hitting.” Gorley said security officers tackled him to the ground, knocking his hearing aids from his ears and making him bleed. Shortly thereafter, Kansas City police officers arrived on the scene and arrested Gorley.

Hit the link above for the full video report. It’s despicable that the hospital treated Roger Gorley this way, and ignored his medical power of attorney. If I were Gorley, I’d sue.

Missouri, USA: More Details on Man Who Was Arrested for Trying to Stay With His Partner in the Hospital

Friday, April 12th, 2013

Missouri Gay CoupleYesterday, we reported on a man who was taken to jail after his partner’s family tried to take over his care. Today Zack Ford at Think Progress has the details of what happened, and it’s worse than we’d thought. Some of the details:

There has been a lot of speculation as to what actually transpired when Roger Gorley was arrested away from his husband Allen’s bedside in a Missouri hospital earlier this week. Despite the fact Roger and Allen have granted each other power of attorney for medical decisions, the Research Medical Center claimed that Roger was “disruptive and belligerent,” arguing that is why the police arrested him and removed him from the facility. Now, Roger’s daughter Amanda has shared a detailed account of what transpired that paints a picture even more offensive than many may have imagined. The full account can be read here as well as some additional details she shared in an interview with blogger John Aravosis.

What happened when the family arrived?

Lee [Allen’s brother] asserted that he was not going to allow Roger to make decisions for Allen and that he would instead. This enraged Roger, who replied, “No you won’t! This is my husband. I know what he wants and needs. You are never around. You need to leave.” The nurse informed Roger that because of his agitated state, he needed to leave. When he explained that he intended to stay with his husband, she replied, “I know who you two are. You need to leave.” Refusing to acknowledge their legal relationship, she called the police to have Roger forcibly removed. Allen, who was in and out of consciousness, objected as he was able, saying, “I want him here.” A follow-up story from Fox 4 suggests that Roger and Lee were having a loud fight, but doesn’t otherwise contradict this account.

He also has more details about why Allen was in the hospital in the first place, and his explicit desire to block his family from making medical decisions for him:

Allen suffers from severe depression and is currently undergoing electro-shock treatment (ECT) twice a month because his medications are no longer allowing him to function normally. Allen has specifically excluded his family from having any say over his medical decisions because they have not been understanding of the impact of his depression. Not only have Roger and Allen granted each other power of attorney, but they are known throughout the hospital as a proud gay couple because they are regularly there for Allen’s treatments. Allen’s family has not been supportive of his relationship with Roger.

Read the whole thing here. It’s sickening that this couple was treated this way.

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New York, USA: Lesbian Couple Sues Hospital for Health Benefits Under Marriage Equality Law

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

Lesbian Couple Sues Hospital for Health Benefits Under Gay Marriage Law in New YorkA New York hospital worker and her spouse have filed a lawsuit saying spousal health benefits were denied to the same-sex couple.

The lawsuit filed Tuesday in federal court in Manhattan sought past and future health care benefits and a declaration that the Westchester County couple is entitled to the benefits.

The lawsuit’s plaintiffs remained anonymous. Defendants included Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield and St. Joseph’s Medical Center.

Full Story from Edge Boston

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