Same-Sex Spouses

New Medicare guidance guarantees that same-sex married couples can live in the same nursing home

New Medicare guidance guarantees that same-sex married couples can live in the same nursing home

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Nursing homes may see more same-gender married couples in the near future in light of federal regulators' first guidance in response to a recent change in the Defense of Marriage Act.

Surveyors should consider facilities' visitation policies for same-sex couples, CMS memo states

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Medicare- and Medicaid-certified nursing homes must extend the same spousal visitation rights to all residents regardless of sexual orientation, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services clarified in a June 28 memorandum.

State Medicaid programs can extend financial protections to same-sex spouses in nursing homes

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has sent a letter to state Medicaid programs clarifying the ability to offer same-sex couples the same protections opposite-sex couples receive when one partner needs facility-based long-term care.