End of Life Choices New York has initiated several bills that would improve end of life care, as described here. We are hopeful that they will be enacted in the coming years.
Medical Aid in Dying Act
The Medical Aid in Dying Act would allow a terminally ill, mentally competent adult to obtain from a doctor a life ending medication which the patient must self-administer, if he or she chooses to do so, in order to have a peaceful death. LEARN MORE
Unwanted Medical Treatment
This bill would prohibit health care providers from seeking reimbursement for unwanted treatment and would clarify that patients have a right to seek damages if such treatment is provided. LEARN MORE
Safe Harbor for Physicians Prescribing Pain Medications
This bill would protect physicians from discipline who prescribe pain medicines consistent with standards of care and nationally recognized guidelines.
Pre-Admission Notice of Policies on Respecting Patient's Treatment Wishes
This bill would require institutions to notify patients or health care agents of policies that do not honor the health care wishes of patients regarding treatment..