Breaking Down Barriers: An Administrator’s Guide to State Law & Best Policy Practice for LGBT Health
Matthew Stiff, J.D., for the Human Rights Campaign Foundation
Updated June 2010
"Breaking Down Barriers” provides healthcare administrators and healthcare attorneys with best practices for ensuring the equal treatment of LGBT families in the healthcare setting. Pursuant to their participation in the Healthcare Equality Index, leading American hospitals submitted their administrative policies on hospital visitation and medical decision-making rights. This guide reviews these policies and benchmarks best hospital practices for LGBT families. The guide also surveys the legal landscape governing medical decision-making rights and highlights the effect of LGBT relationship recognition law on this landscape.