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Takano introduces bill to close Social Security, Medicare LGBT loopholes

| Wednesday, July 23, 2014
U.S. Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.)
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) on Tuesday introduced the Social Security and Medicare Parity Act in the U.S. House, a bill to close loopholes in the Social Security Act and guarantee that all married couples, including same-sex couples, receive the Social Security and Medicare spouse and survivor benefits that they have earned.

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Medicare coverage ban on gender reassignment surgery lifted

| Friday, May 30, 2014
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SAN FRANCISCO — Transgender people receiving Medicare may no longer be automatically denied coverage for gender reassignment surgeries, a U.S. Department of Health and Services review board ruled Friday in a groundbreaking decision that recognizes the procedures as a medically necessary and effective treatment for individuals who do not identify with their biological sex.

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

| Thursday, April 3, 2014
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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 announces first guidance implementing Supreme Court’s DOMA ruling

| Thursday, August 29, 2013
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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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HHS issues visitation policy for LGBT partners in hospice, long-term care

| Monday, July 1, 2013
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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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Republican Party approves platform: Ban all abortions and same-sex marriage

| Tuesday, August 28, 2012
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TAMPA, Fla. -- In a convention dominated by the politics and policies of the conservative far right, the Tea Party and "family values" special interests, delegates to the 2012 Republican National Convention on Tuesday approved a platform calling for a ban on all abortions and...

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