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Panel recommends ending lifetime ban on blood donations from gay men

Thursday, November 13, 2014
ARLINGTON, Va. -- A panel of doctors and blood donor advocates who advise the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services voted Thursday to recommend that the federal government end its lifetime ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men.

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Same-sex spouses to be recognized for Medicare eligibility, enrollment

Thursday, April 3, 2014
WASHINGTON -- The Obama Administration announced Thursday that same-sex spouses will be recognized in administering several aspects of the Medicare program, regardless of where the couple resides.

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HHS: Affordable Care Act prohibits discrimination against same-sex couples

Friday, March 14, 2014
WASHINGTON -- The Obama Administration on Friday released new guidance clarifying that the Affordable Care Act prohibits insurers from discriminating against same-sex spouses who wish to purchase health coverage as a family.

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HHS announces first guidance implementing Supreme Court’s DOMA ruling

Thursday, August 29, 2013
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced Thursday that all beneficiaries in private Medicare plans have access to equal coverage when it comes to care in a nursing home where their spouse lives.

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Baldwin leads 85 lawmakers calling for end to blood donation ban for gay men

Friday, August 2, 2013
U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.)
WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin is leading a group of 85 House and Senate lawmakers criticizing what she's says is the sluggish pace the nation's top health officials have taken at reevaluating blood donation policies for gay men.

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HHS reports on accomplishments, new efforts to improve LGBT health

Wednesday, July 31, 2013
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on Wednesday said it had achieved "significant strides over the past year" and announced its objectives for the coming year, for improving the health and well-being of LGBT individuals, families, and communities.

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HHS issues visitation policy for LGBT partners in hospice, long-term care

Monday, July 1, 2013
WASHINGTON -- The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), issued an official policy guidance Monday making it clear that same-sex partners and others must be given equal visitation rights at long-term care facilities, regardless of their marital status.

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HHS affirms health care discrimination law protects LGBT people

Monday, August 6, 2012
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has confirmed that it views a 2010 law prohibiting sex discrimination in health care services as protecting transgender and other LGBT people from discrimination based on gender identity and gender stereotyping.

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Obama Administration announces resource center for LGBT refugees

Friday, June 17, 2011
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Thursday announced the creation of a first-ever resource center to support the resettlement of LGBT refugees.

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Obama Administration extends Medicaid protections to same-sex couples

Saturday, June 11, 2011
The Obama Administration on Friday set forth new policy guidelines expanding states’ ability to provide same-sex couples with the same coverage offered to heterosexual couples when they receive long-term care under Medicaid.

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