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National LGBT Health Awareness Week: Be Prepared for Emergencies

Healthcare DirectivesPost submitted by Tom Sullivan, HRC Staff

It’s day two of National LGBT Health Awareness Week. Looking for a way to observe the event? This may be the perfect time to ask yourself if you and your family are prepared for medical emergencies.  Let’s face it – no one wants to go to the emergency room, but it is a part of life that many of us will experience. A little advanced planning can make a bad situation a little less stressful. 

Take time to learn about some of the basic legal documents that can protect your family and your ensure that your healthcare wishes are respected in times of emergency. For this, HRC provides detailed information on durable powers of attorney, health care proxies, hospital visitation and living wills. Also, learn about the healthcare laws in your state and the Federal hospital visitation regulations now in place that protect your right to choose who will be by your side in the hospital.

But even with all of these precautions, you may still wonder if these documents will be available in an emergency. That is why we have negotiated a discounted rate for DocuBank’s services for HRC members and supporters -- $25 per year (regularly $45) or $95 for 5 years (regularly $145).  DocuBank is the nation’s largest electronic access service for healthcare directives. When you store your healthcare directives with DocuBank you receive a customized wallet card that makes these documents, and your critical emergency information, instantly available via automated fax or secure webpage. For more information, visit

HRC is a proud member of the National Coalition for LGBT Health which sponsors National LGBT Health Awareness Week.

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