Hospital Visitation Authorization

A hospital visitation authorization is a document that instructs your doctor, care providers and hospital staff about who is allowed and given priority to visit you if you are hospitalized. Many hospitals only allow biological or legal family members to visit a patient in the hospital unless you have a hospital visit authorization.

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender partners are not considered family under most state law. But this document allows you to make clear that you want your partner to have the right to visit you if you are hospitalized.