On March 14, the Massachusetts End of Life Options Act (H.2381/S.1384), that would authorize medical aid in dying, was reported favorably by the Joint Committee on Public Health. On March 24 the Senate bill was referred to the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing.
In May 2022, new polling was released from Suffolk University/The Boston Globe showing a record 77% support among Massachusetts residents for medical aid-in-dying legislation, including majorities across the Commonwealth's regional, political and racial spectrum. Read more here.
On February 8, the bill was reintroduced for the 2021/2022 legislative session by sponsors Senator Jo Comerford (Hampshire, Franklin and Worcester) and Representative Jim O’Day (Worcester). It was heard by the Joint Committee on Public Health on Friday, October 1.
Faced with a terminal diagnosis, Massachusetts residents deserve the full range of options for care at the end of life, including medical aid in dying.
Medical aid in dying allows terminally ill adults to get a prescription they can take to end their life peacefully.
Tools and Resources
For Patients Access the Massachusetts Advance Directive
End-of-Life Planning Use our step-by-step guide to chart your journey.
Los recursos en Español Los recursos en Español.
COVID-19 Toolkit Get answers to your questions about COVID-19 and end of life care.
Resources for Providers Find resources tailored to the needs of healthcare providers.