With passage of the End of Life Choice Law, terminally ill Vermonters can now have more comfort as they confront their final days.

The Law is already making a difference in the lives of terminally ill patients. Here are a few quick examples:

  • As predicted, passage of the law has renewed efforts to improve patient choices and the quality of care across the entire end of life spectrum.
  • Terminally ill Vermonters have requested prescriptions under the law, although none have ingested it before passing away from their underlying disease.
  • Many terminally ill Vermonters tell us personal stories about gaining comfort and security during their final days from knowing the Patient Choice law is available to them.

Terminally ill patients interested in this law have experienced, trusted support available to them.

Compassion and Choices Vermont now provides expert patient counseling and referral, bedside volunteer support, and medical provider education.

To learn more, please call toll-free: 1-800-247-7421.

The Department of Health has published forms and guiding materials for interested patients and medical providers. They are available here.

 


 

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Videos from 5/20/13 Bill Signing

Photographs from 5/20/13 Bill Signing

Senator Ayer with Governor Shumlin and Speaker Shap Smith, Photo Copyright Andy Duback