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Petitioning Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius

Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services: Investigate Research Medical Center of Kansas City.

Roger Gorley was arrested at Kansas City hospital when he refused to leave the side of his civil union partner, despite his a power of attorney agreement with .

From Raw Story: "A gay man was arrested at a hospital in Missouri this week when he refused to leave the bedside of his partner, and now a restraining order is preventing him from any type of visitation.

Roger Gorley told WDAF that even though he has power of attorney to handle his partner’s affairs, a family member asked him to leave when he visited Research Medical Center in Kansas City on Tuesday.

Gorley said he refused to leave his partner Allen’s bedside, and that’s when security put him in handcuffs and escorted him from the building."

Read more here: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/04/11/missouri-man-arrested-at-hospital-for-refusing-to-leave-gay-partner/

This appears to violate a 2010 Presidential directive affirming the rights of LGBT people to be respected in their hospital visitation guests. If found in violation, please follow through on appropriate financial penalties, pursuant to Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements.

Letter to
Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius
Investigate Research Medical Center of Kansas City for appearing to violate a 2010 Presidential directive affirming the rights of LGBT people to be respected in their hospital visitation wishes.

If Research Medical Center is found in violation, please follow through on appropriate financial penalties of Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements, pursuant to the Presidential Executive Order.