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Protecting Your Healthcare Rights!

Saturday, April 16, is National Healthcare Decisions Day. This annual event exists to inspire, educate and empower the public and healthcare providers about the importance of advance healthcare directives. In times of emergency, you may be unable to make medical decisions or state who you want to visit you. That is why it is important to have these directives in place. Take a moment to learn about protecting your hospital visitation and decision-making rights.

If you’ve already taken the next step and actually had these legal documents drawn up, well done! Now, make sure to keep a file of your advance healthcare directives in a secure place at home and give copies to your primary care physician. Even with the new Federal regulations on hospital visitation in place it is advisable to take these extra steps. However, extra copies at home and with your doctor does not mean you will have these documents available in an emergency.

Since quick access to these documents is especially important to the LGBT community, HRC has negotiated a discounted rate for HRC members for  the services of DocuBank -- 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.

As an added bonus, in honor of NHDD, from now until May 16, 2011, you can sign up with DocuBank and receive your first year FREE.  After that, you can take advantage of the special HRC discount to enroll your DocuBank registration -- $25 per year (regularly $45) or $95 for 5 years (regularly $145). Once enrolled you will also receive HRC discounted rates to renew your DocuBank membership.

For more information and to set up your DocuBank account, visit

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