Marriage gives you certain benefits when it comes to taxes, health insurance and more. It can also give you social benefits: you can ask to switch seats to sit next to your spouse on an airplane or ask for other minor things. One of those things that seems like a given? You assume you can ask for information if your spouse is in the hospital.
In 2016, more than 125 million individuals needed to go to a hospital. These individuals are protected by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), as well as their state’s healthcare law. Minnesota law calls this a healthcare directive law. You may also know it as a “power of attorney” law.