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  •  "Separate But Equal" Again?!?!?!? (22+ / 0-)

    Let's really go through this. ONE. MORE. TIME.

    Without real, nationwide recognition of our legal-in-California-and-a-few-other-states marriage, my husband and I could run into this same situation very easily, despite President Obama's executive order and despite over $4,000 in lawyer's fees spent to set up a revocable trust that includes medical power of attorney.

    If we were a straight married couple, the $85 we paid for our license would have immediately given us all those 1,138 rights and responsibilities of marriage enumerated in Federal law and tax code. As things stand now, we enjoy a grand total of NONE.

    As a rule we don't travel with any legal documentation vis-à-vis our marital status or our trust. However, given this horrible, infuriating story, we may start.

    Come on, America. You can do better than this. You MUST.

    -8.75,-8.00. 1,138 rights and responsibilities of civil marriage are denied married same-sex couples, and I demand that we get them. RIGHT. NOW.

    by CajunBoyLgb on Thu Apr 11, 2013 at 10:10:21 AM PDT

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    •  Warning: Powers of Attorney & similar docs ... (0+ / 0-)

      ... are State specific, and another State does not have to honor them.

      Penn State - Rug too small, dirtpile too big, not enough brooms.

      by WereBear Walker on Thu Apr 11, 2013 at 07:45:20 PM PDT

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    •  Yes, carry a copy of the medical POA (1+ / 0-)
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      document. It is required for every admission unless you are going to a facility that has the capacity to keep them on file and you have it there. Not just if you were treated there and gave them one for that admission. If they can't scan it into the EMR admin info, it will be in that admissions paperwork and they can't get all those docs out of file storage to copy and send to the new one.

      Out of range from that facility and especially out of state, you want that doc.

      I don't have a link or name for this yet. My 88 year old mom has a pretty cool new medical bracelet. It has a small flash drive embedded which can hold all kinds of medical records, documents, etc. She took it to a doctor's office recently for a procedure. They were pretty impressed.

      Not sure if the info can be securely encoded. Fairly unlikely it would be recognized. There are also online services that let you fill all your info in and have a URL and password for a doctor's office to access. Password can be changed whenever.

      "People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone. " Audrey Hepburn "A Beautiful Woman"

      by Ginny in CO on Thu Apr 11, 2013 at 08:04:59 PM PDT

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