If you've ever had to take your partner to the emergency room, then chances are you've wondered, "Will they let me go in? Will I be able to help make the decisions that my partner would want?" In the very worst cases, you may have wondered, "Will I get to be there at the end?"
These situations are painful enough without the added burden of worrying about whether a health care facility will recognize that you really are part of your partner's family. Some hospitals do a wonderful job of giving equal recognition to partners. Others put up road blocks that result in tragic consequences.
TEP believes that all persons in Tennessee ought to have the comfort of knowing that they can be with the ones they love during health emergencies. When the General Assembly reconvenes in January, we intend to advocate legislation that would offer more protections for those facing these situations.