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Category Archive: State News

/ September 21, 2017

Medical Aid-in-Dying Supporters Highlight Protections for Vulnerable Populations in End of Life Options Act

In response to a legislative briefing held today at noon by opponents of the End of Life Options Act (H.1194/S.1225), bill supporters highlighted the safeguards in the legislation designed to protect vulnerable populations. The Joint Public Health Committee will hold a hearing on the legislation this Tuesday, September 26. The bill would authorize medical aid […]

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/ July 17, 2017

Terminally Ill Hawai`i Man Plans to Appeal Dismissal of Medical Aid-in-Dying Case Cites Overwhelming Support for End-of-Life Care Option by Hawai`i Voters

A terminally ill Hawai`i man plans to appeal a ruling last night by a state court judge who dismissed his lawsuit that asserts the state constitution and existing state statutes allow doctors to practice medical aid in dying. Medical aid in dying gives mentally capable, terminally ill adults the option to get a doctor’s prescription for medication […]

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/ July 13, 2017

Compassion & Choices Slams House Appropriations Committee Amendment to Repeal D.C. Medical Aid-in-Dying Law

Supporters of D.C.’s medical aid-in-dying law urged lawmakers in six states with such laws to oppose an amendment to the annual federal government funding bill that would block funding to implement the D.C. law and repeal it. The House Appropriations Committee voted late Thursday night to approve the amendment by Rep. Andy Harris (Md.) in a […]

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/ June 21, 2017

Delaware Residents Urge State Legislators to Pass End of Life Options Act

Compassion & Choices and its Delaware supporters today met with Delaware legislators at the state Capitol today to urge them to authorize the end-of-life care option of medical aid in dying. Medical aid in dying gives mentally capable, terminally ill individuals with a prognosis of six months or less to live the option to request, […]

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/ June 10, 2017

Celebrating one year of the California End of Life Option Act

Today marks one year since the End of Life Option Act took effect and medical aid in dying became available in California. Compassion & Choices has been tracking the progress and we’re happy to report that implementation of the law has been a huge success. Thanks to a monumental effort by the C&C California Access […]

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/ 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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