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Category Archive: State News

/ May 23, 2017

Maine House of Representatives Defies Voters, Fails to Pass End-of-Life Options Legislation

The Maine House of Representatives voted against LD 347, an Act Supporting Death with Dignity, also known as medical aid in dying, today by a vote of 61 to 85. The Senate advanced the legislation last Thursday by a vote of 16 to 15. Medical aid in dying is an end-of-life medical practice in which […]

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/ May 18, 2017

Maine Senate Advances End-of-Life Options Legislation

The Maine Senate advanced  LD 347, an Act Supporting Death with Dignity, also known as medical aid in dying, today by a vote of 16 to 15. The bill will now move to the House of Representatives, which is expected to vote on it as soon as Friday. In 2015, end-of-life options legislation lost by […]

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/ May 15, 2017

Senate Health and Human Services Committee Advances Nevada Medical Aid-in-Dying Bill

The Senate Health and Human Services Committee advanced medical aid-in-dying legislation (SB 261) in a Work Session today by a vote of 3 to 2.  The bill, introduced by Sen. David Parks (D-Las Vegas) and co-sponsored by Sen. Ben Kieckhefer (R-Reno), will now proceed to the Senate floor. It received a work session after a […]

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Supporters from Across the State Travel to Advocate for Medical Aid in Dying at Compassion & Choices New York Lobby Day

On May 9, Compassion & Choices New York was joined by over 100 supporters from across the state in calling on the New York State Legislature to do what the public wants and pass the Medical Aid in Dying Act (S.3151/A.2383). Legislators, advocates and people who have been personally affected by the death of a […]

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/ May 11, 2017

Nevada Medical Aid-in-Dying Bill Receives Senate Hearing

Medical aid-in-dying legislation, SB 261, was heard today by the Senate Health and Human Services Committee. Sen. David Parks (D-Las Vegas) introduced the bill. Medical aid in dying is an end-of-life medical practice in which a terminally ill, mentally capable individual who has a prognosis of six months or less to live requests, obtains and—if […]

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/ May 9, 2017

Time for New York to Pass Medical Aid in Dying

Compassion & Choices called on the New York State Legislature to do what the public wants and pass the Medical Aid in Dying Act (S.3151/A.2383). Legislators and advocates supporting medical aid in dying were joined at a Capitol news conference today by several people from across the state who have been deeply and personally affected […]

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/ May 8, 2017

Compassion & Choices and Terminally Ill D.C. Residents Advocate for Right to Access Death with Dignity Act at D.C. Council Budget Oversight Hearing on Health

Compassion & Choices staff and D.C. residents testified at the D.C. Council Budget Oversight Hearing on Health to urge swift action to ensure that all steps necessary to ensure residents the option of medical aid in dying is completed. “Our organization, healthcare providers and most importantly the patients who desperately need this option recognize that […]

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/ April 25, 2017

Jay Kallio – 9/11 First Responder & Hospice Volunteer – Victim of Lung Cancer, Died in Pain, Unable to Access Medical Aid in Dying in New York

Compassion & Choices New York today released a video featuring Jay Kallio, a 9/11 first responder who passed away on September 30, 2016 from lung cancer without being able to access medical aid in dying, legislation he passionately advocated for even prior to his own diagnosis. The poignant video tells the story of 60-year-old Jay, […]

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/ April 24, 2017

Compassion & Choices Lauds Medical Society of the State of New York for Voting to Survey Physicians on Medical Aid in Dying

Compassion & Choices New York campaign director Corinne Carey today lauded the Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY) House of Delegates decision to authorize a survey of physicians, medical residents and medical students. “On behalf of the millions of New Yorkers who support making medical aid in dying in New York legal, […]

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/ April 6, 2017

Groups Praise Dismissal of Lawsuit to Undermine Vermont Patient End-of-Life Law

Compassion & Choices and Patient Choices Vermont praised a federal judge’s ruling to dismiss a lawsuit brought by religious groups seeking to undermine Vermont’s Patient Choice at End of Life Act (a/k/a Act 39).  The law gives mentally capable, terminally ill adult residents of Vermont the option to get a doctor’s prescription for medication that […]

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