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NCLR, HUD, HHS Co-Host First-Ever National Summit on LGBTQ Elder Housing, Health, and Long-Term Care Issues

Statement by NCLR Federal Policy Director Maya Rupert, Esq. (Washington D.C., December 9, 2011)—This week, the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) co-hosted a day-long summit on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender elder housing issues with the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). This is the first-ever national event to address housing, health and long-term care issues for LGBTQ elders. More than 90 people registered...

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NCLR Applauds New Protections for LGBTQ People in Federal Hospital Visitation Rules

Statement by NCLR Federal Policy Director Maya Rupert, Esq. (San Francisco, CA, September 7, 2011)—Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released new guidelines that strengthen the November 2010 hospital visitation rules that protect patients’ rights to be visited in the hospital by their families and loved ones. Today’s guidance, which is effective immediately, strengthens patients’ rights to choose their own representative to make medical decisions if they are unable to...

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Proposed Rule Would Protect LGBTQ People Seeking Affordable, Private Healthcare Policies

Statement by NCLR Federal Policy Director Maya Rupert, Esq. (Washington, D.C., July 13, 2011)—On July 11, 2011, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) included protections against discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in its road map to help states establish Affordable Insurance Exchanges. These Exchanges, which are part of the Affordable Care Act, are state-based, one-stop marketplaces where individuals and small businesses can research affordable...

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NCLR Praises Obama Administration for Advancing LGBTQ Health Care Equality

Statement by NCLR Federal Policy Director Maya Rupert, Esq. (Washington D.C., April 1, 2011)—Today, as part of LGBTQ Health Awareness Week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced significant efforts it has taken, and several others in development, to improve the health and well-being of the nation’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. HHS’ announcement responds to President Obama’s April 2010 memorandum requesting that HHS protect LGBTQ patients’...

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NCLR, Equality California Applaud New Federal Report Urging Researchers to Collect LGBTQ Health Data

(San Francisco, CA, March 31, 2011)—A groundbreaking report released today by the Institute of Medicine urges medical researchers to include the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities in health studies to gain a better understanding of their lives and unique health care needs at different stages of life. Authored by leading experts on LGBTQ health, “The Health of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People: Building a Foundation for Understanding” concludes that the...

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President Bush Signs Legislation to End Statutory Ban on HIV-Positive Immigrants

A Statement from Executive Director Kate Kendell (San Francisco, California, October 30, 2009) — The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) praised President Obama’s announcement today that a final rule repealing the ban on entry to the United States by people with HIV will be published on Monday, November 2. The repeal will take effect in early January, 2010. Statement from Kate Kendell, Executive Director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights: “The ban on entry by HIV-positive...

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President Bush Signs Legislation to End Statutory Ban on HIV-Positive Immigrants

Department of Health and Human Service Now Must Act to Repeal Regulations (Washington, D.C., August 4, 2008)—Today, the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) released a statement applauding Congress and President Bush’s repeal of a statutory ban on immigration to the United States by people with HIV, and called upon the Department of Health and Human Services (HSS) to follow suit and implement these changes to their current regulations. “The entry ban on HIV positive visitors and...

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