Medicare, Medicaid move to broaden rights for same-sex spouses

December 10, 2014

Medicare and Medicaid are proposing to broaden decision-making rights for same-sex couples in light of a 2013 Supreme Court ruling that struck down a ban on federal benefits for gay and lesbian spouses. CMS released a 26-page proposed rule requiring that providers and suppliers in the programs recognize same-sex spouses as a condition for participation. If finalized, the regulation would apply to hospitals, long-term care facilities, ambulatory surgical centers, hospice providers and community mental health centers.