House of Delegates 2012
CMA says denial of civil marriage to same sex couples has negative health impact On Sunday, October 14, 2012, the California Medical Association (CMA) House of Delegates passed a resolution calling for health care equality for same sex households. Hundreds of physician representatives from across the state voted to support a resolution that states “denying civil marriage contributes to poorer health outcomes for gay and lesbian individuals, couples and their families.” In written testimony, the sponsors of the measure, the CMA Residents and Fellows Section, said, “legal protections afforded to same-sex couples are crucial given that marriage is a strong predictor of health insurance in the U.S. In particular, women in same-sex households tend to have less health insurance than women in opposite-sex households. “As a consequence, children in same-sex households
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lack the protections of health insurance afforded by marriage,” the document continues. “Having health insurance does not provide same-sex couples with the financial and legal protections that married couples receive. Same-sex couples are not covered by the protections of COBRA or the Family and Medical Leave Act. Same sex couples are also not typically recognized as family by blood or marriage and are denied the right to make surrogate health care decisions for their loved ones.” The resolution (505-12) would also require CMA to work to reduce health care disparities among members of same-sex households, including minor children. It also calls on CMA to support measures providing same-sex households with the same rights and privileges to health care, health insurance and survivor benefits afforded by opposite-sex households.