Washington voters overwhelmingly supported medical aid in dying in 2008, and the next year the legislature empowered mentally capable, terminally ill adults with six months or left to live by giving them the option to get a doctor’s prescription for medication they can decide to take if their suffering becomes unbearable.

Compassion & Choices Action Network is working hand-in-hand with End of Life Washington to pass bipartisan bill, ESHB 1141. This bill expands access to medical aid in dying for Washingtonians by increasing the number of attending or consulting medical providers for individuals seeking this compassionate option, reducing the waiting period and allowing it to be waived in extreme circumstances and modernizing the rules around obtaining the prescription from a pharmacy. On January 12, 2022 the Washington State House of Representatives passed ESHB 1141 by a vote of 58-37. We are awaiting a hearing in the Senate Health & Long Term Care Committee soon. You can contact members of the committee to urge them to vote yes on this compassionate legislation, here. 

Tools and Resources

simple blue medical cross graphic.For Patients Learn whether you are eligible for the Washington Death with Dignity Act.

 

 

tools for end of life planning and decision making.End-of-Life Planning Use our step-by-step guide to chart your journey or access the Washington advance directive directly here.

 

 

advance care planning and resources in Spanish, espanol.Recursos en Español Recursos en Español.

 

 

answers to questions about COVID-19, including treatment and end of life.COVID-19 Toolkit Get answers to your questions about COVID-19 and end of life care.

 

 

tools for end of life planning and decision making.Resources for Providers Find resources tailored to the needs of healthcare providers.

 

 

tools for documenting end-of-life for dementia.Dementia Values & Priorities Tool Use our tool to document your preferences to make sure you get the care you want.