Compassion & Choices lauds Colorado’s first report detailing usage of the End-of-Life Options Act during its first year of implementation.
Colorado is one of six states, along with the District of Columbia, where medical aid in dying is authorized as an option for mentally capable, terminally ill adults with six months or less to live to end unbearable suffering for a peaceful death. The other five states are California, Montana, Oregon, Vermont and Washington.
The official report from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment shows the Colorado law is working well, as voters
intended when they passed it by a 30-point margin (65% vs. 35%) in November 2016.
“Colorado’s report proves that the law is working well and terminally ill Coloradans were given great peace of mind and comfort in knowing that they had this option to peacefully end intolerable suffering,” said Kat West, national director of policy and programs for Compassion & Choices. “We are encouraged to see that the state’s year of data supports our conclusions in the report we released in December to coincide with the first anniversary of the law taking effect. We continue to work to ensure that every terminally ill Coloradan has equal access to all end-of-life care options, including hospice, pain control, palliative care and medical aid in dying.”
The report by Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s Center for Health and Environmental Data shows:
“The data from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment report assures me that there are no problems with the Colorado End-of-Life Options Act as written,” said Dr. Cory Carroll, a family physician in Fort Collins, who has participated in the law.
The report also included several tables of detailed statistics including:
Colorado residents and medical providers can find more information about medical aid-in-dying, including videos, forms and the Find Care Tool which identifies hospitals, clinics and hospices which have adopted policies supportive of patients who may choose medical aid in dying as one of their end-of-life care options at CompassionAndChoices.org/Colorado.