On May 20, 2013, Act 39, Vermont Patient Choice and Control at the End of Life Act went into effect, when Governor Shumlin signed it into law. The law is currently in effect giving terminally ill, mentally capable Vermont residents with six months or less to live the option to request a prescription medication to end unbearable suffering. Patient Choices Vermont leads Vermont-based efforts to implement the law.
Recently, lawmakers in Vermont introduced a new bill, S. 74, designed to make improvements to the current law and allow more eligible patients to access medical aid in dying while still protecting medically vulnerable populations. Read the summary of S. 74.
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