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On April 5, 2018, Governor David Ige signed the Our Care, Our Choice Act, which authorizes medical aid in dying in the Aloha State after nearly 20 years of on-the-ground organizing by supporters and Compassion & Choices. The law will go into effect on January 1, 2019.

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Tools & Resources

Resources for Patients  

What patients need to know about the Our Care, Our Choice Act

Resources for Doctors

What doctors need to know about the Our Care, Our Choice Act

Resources in Other Languages

Find resources in Ilokano, Japanese, Tagalog, Chinese, Korean and Hawaiian

End-of-Life Planning

Planning for end-of-life is a deeply personal process. Let our experts guide you through it, step-by-step.

Find Care Tool

Use our tool to find healthcare facilities with policies supportive of medical aid in dying.

Education and Outreach

Compassion & Choices has launched the Hawai’i Access Campaign, a volunteer-led effort to educate the public, health care professionals and health systems. The campaign works to ensure that people know how to access this and other end-of-life options and that institutions put supportive policies in place, so eligible patients will be able to access medical aid in dying if they choose. Compassion & Choices’ materials are available in seven languages in order to reach as many Hawaiians as possible.  

Hawai’i Advance Directive

State-specific advance directives make clear your end-of-life preferences if you are unable to make or communicate medical treatment decisions yourself. For the Hawai’i advance directive form, click here.

History

Hawaiʻi residents have been working to authorize medical aid in dying in the Aloha State for nearly two decades, and Compassion & Choices Hawai‘i has built a large base of grassroots support. Over the past several years we’ve explored a variety of legal and legislative strategies to expand end-of-life choice and authorize medical aid in dying.

Our team included public relations experts, top lobbyists, pro bono attorneys, grassroots organizers and hundreds of volunteers and advocates. We worked closely with bill sponsors to review the legislation, filed a lawsuit to authorize medical aid in dying, gathered petitions, generated a constant drumbeat of media coverage and reached out to key health organizations. The Our Care, Our Choice bill was passed by veto-proof margins in both houses of the legislature.

On July 15, 2017, a state judge decided to dismiss a case (brought forward by Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing and Compassion & Choices on behalf of a Hawaiʻi resident with terminal cancer, John Radcliffe) that seeks to clarify that the Hawai‘i constitution and existing state law allow the practice of medical aid in dying. Plaintiff John Radcliffe appealed the court’s decision.

After nearly 20 years of on-the-ground organizing, the Hawai‘i State Legislature passed the Our Care, Our Choice Act in 2018. Governor David Ige signed the measure on April 5, 2018.

The Our Care, Our Choice Act authorizes the practice of medical aid in dying, in which terminally ill, mentally capable adults, with six months or less to live, can request a doctor’s prescription for medication that they could decide to take in their final days or weeks to end unbearable suffering and die peacefully. The law goes into effect on January 1, 2019.

The power of personal stories to inspire and drive change is undeniable. That’s why Compassion & Choices would like to invite you to join our new initiative to create a network of stories and storytellers to help educate and empower those seeking the best possible healthcare.

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