Hope Home Health Care Services is an equal opportunity employer. We will not discriminate and will take affirmative action measures to ensure against discrimination in employment, recruitment, advertisements for employment, compensation, termination, upgrading, promotions and other conditions of employment against any employee of job applicant on the bases of race, color, gender national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.
Access to Healthcare: Non-discrimination
LGBT Americans have long been denied access to health care and services. Hope Home Health Care Services has made significant progress in protecting the rights of every American to access quality care, while recognizing that diverse populations have distinctive needs.
The HHS Departmental Appeals Board (DAB) overturned a longstanding Medicare National Coverage Determination (NCD) that had provided that “transsexual surgery” would not be covered under Medicare because it was “experimental” and had a high rate of serious complications. The DAB ruled that the NCD was no longer valid because it was based on outdated scientific information. Within 30 days of the ruling, CMS implemented the decision by notifying its contractors that the NCD is no longer a basis for denying claims for Medicare coverage of gender transition-related care. Medicare coverage decisions with respect to gender transition-related care are now made by the Medicare contractors, either on a case-by-case basis or through Local Coverage Determinations based on clinical evidence, like other health care items and services for which there is no national policy under Medicare.
Additionally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) clarified that its National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program is available to eligible transgender women and men. All transgender women who have taken hormones may receive breast cancer screening under the program, subject to other eligibility standards. Transgender men who have not had a bilateral mastectomy or hysterectomy continue to be eligible for breast and cervical cancer screening.
People Living with HIV
As between you and us, we or our licensors, as applicable, own, solely and exclusively, all rights, title and interest in and to the Services, all the content (including, without limitation, text, photographs, graphics, audio, visual, and audiovisual content), code, data and materials thereon, the look and feel, design and organization of the Services, and the compilation of the content, code, data, and materials on the Services, including but not limited to any copyrights, trademark rights, patent rights, database rights, moral rights, sui generis rights and other intellectual property and proprietary rights therein. Your use of the Services does not grant to you ownership of any content, code, data, or materials you may access on or through the Services.
CMS issued an interim final rule requiring individual market qualified health plans on and off the Health Insurance Marketplaces to accept third party payments on behalf of plan enrollees by the Ryan White program (as well as other government programs).
Hospital Visitation Rights
HHS released a new policy that implements the recommendations of the Memorandum on Hospital Visitation. This policy states that hospitals receiving Medicare or Medicaid payments should allow patients to designate visitors, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other non-clinical factor. The HHS policy has enhanced hospital visitation rights of same-sex couples. For more information visit https://obamawhitehouse.
CMS has issued guidance that implements the recommendations of the Memorandum on Hospital Visitation regarding advance directives. The CMS guidance clarifies that same-sex couples have the same rights as other couples to name a representative who can make medical decisions on a patient’s behalf. The HHS rules make it easier for family members, including same-sex partners, to make informed care decisions for loved ones who have become incapacitated.
Equal Employment Opportunity Policy
HHS has updated its equal employment opportunity policy, which already prohibited discrimination based on sexual orientation, to explicitly protect against unfair treatment of employees and applicants for employment based on gender identity and genetic information.
Health and Human Services’ Non-discrimination Policy
HHS has issued a policy explicitly requiring employees to serve all individuals who are eligible for the department’s programs without regard to any non-merit factor, including race, national origin, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability (physical or mental), age, status as a parent, or genetic information.
Implementation of the Windsor Ruling
Following the Supreme Court decision finding section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional, HHS worked with the Department of Justice to review all relevant federal programs to ensure that the decision was implemented swiftly and smoothly. HHS announced its first post-Windsor guidance clarifying that Medicare Advantage beneficiaries with a same-sex spouse have equal access to coverage for care in a skilled nursing facility in which a spouse is located. This guarantee of coverage applies to Medicare Advantage beneficiaries in a legally recognized same-sex marriage, regardless of where they live.