Do we really not have a thread on this yet? This is awesome. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/16/us/politics/16webhosp.html?hp The very thoughtfully worded memorandum is essentially binding on all hospitals that receive Medicare or Medicaid, which constitutes the vast majority of US hospitals. In addition to making it clear that same-sex partners' visitations are to be permitted, the bill makes other important clarifications including preserving patients' ability to flexibly designate friends or non-immediate family members to make medical decisions on their behalf, and also clarifies that proxies cannot override advance directives. Wonderful work.