California

Status of Medical Aid in Dying

The California End of Life Option Act went into effect on June 9, 2016. This compassionate option allows for an eligible terminally ill adult, with a prognosis of six months or less to live, to request and receive a prescription form their doctor that they can self-ingest to peacefully end their suffering.

An improvement bill, SB 380, took effect in 2022. The Department of Public Health’s annual data report showed there was a 47% increase in Californians who used the law in 2022, increasing access to the law exactly as intended.

We will continue to work on reauthorizing this law, removing the sunset provision, and reducing barriers to access while ensuring safeguards remain intact.

The CDSS issued a notice to adult and senior care facilities about the End of Life Option Act. Residents who qualify for medical aid in dying living in assisted facilities and other adult or senior care facilities are able to take their medication in their home and can’t be evicted for choosing this option.

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Pacientes, Médicos de California Piden Intervenir en Demanda Federal para Defender Acceso a la Ayuda Médica para Morir
November 1, 2023

Tres pacientes con discapacidades de California y dos médicos de California presentaron el  jueves una moción solicitando intervenir en una demanda federal, alegando que el End of Life Option Act o la actualizada Ley de Opción para el Fin de Vida del estado, discrimina a las personas con discapacidades. También presentaron una moción para desestimar…

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California Patients, Doctors Request to Intervene in Federal Lawsuit to Defend Access to Medical Aid in Dying
September 22, 2023

Three California patients with disabilities and two California doctors filed a motion Thursday requesting to intervene in a federal lawsuit claiming the state’s revised End of Life Option Act discriminates against people with disabilities. They also filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit. Their motions are posted at: bit.ly/CAFedDisabilityLawsuitOpposingMotions The state official defendants filed two separate motions in…

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Compassion & Choices Disappointed by Settlement of Lawsuit Challenging California Medical Aid-in-Dying Law
June 21, 2023

Compassion & Choices is disappointed about the terms of the settlement of a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of California’s revised medical-aid-in-dying law and the resulting permanent injunction issued by the court. The plaintiffs in this case, Christian Medical & Dental Associations v. Bonta, claim that the amended California End of Life Option Act, Senate Bill 380, forces them to…

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Compassion & Choices Action Network Refuta Demanda Federal de Grupos de Defensa de Derechos Para Discapacitados que Intenta Invalidar Ley de Ayuda Médica para Morir de California
May 17, 2023

Compassion & & Choices Action Network rechaza enérgicamente los argumentos de varios grupos de defensa para personas con discapacidades  y dos personas con discapacidades que el miércoles presentaron una demanda federal en el Distrito Central de California contra funcionarios de California, para impugnar el End of Life Option Act o Ley de Opción de Fin…

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Vet Widow Records Video Urging Congress to Allow Terminally Ill Vets to Use VA Insurance to Cover Medical Aid in Dying
March 27, 2023

Veteran Had to Borrow $2,100 to Pay for Medical Aid in Dying Because Federal Law Prohibits VA Insurance from Covering It (Los Angeles) To honor her first Veterans Day without her late husband, Sgt. Matt Fairchild, Ginger Fairchild has recorded a video urging Congress to repeal an antiquated federal law prohibiting VA insurance from paying for medical aid…

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Advocacy Groups File Brief in Arbitration and Elder Abuse Case Before California Supreme Court
February 22, 2023

Four advocacy groups filed a friend-of-the-court brief with the California Supreme Court Monday, asserting that a patient’s advance directive appointing a healthcare agent to make their medical decisions does not authorize them to sign arbitration agreements on the patient’s behalf. The brief by Compassion & Choices, Consumer Attorneys of California, American Association for Justice, and Public Justice…

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Storyteller Spotlight: Wendy Soderlund and Edward Pultz
December 7, 2022

Married almost 49 years, Wendy Soderlund and Edward Pultz sensed signs of Wendy’s dementia long before seeking an official diagnosis in 2021. “It feels like something I’ve just known for a long time,” says Wendy. My mother had dementia, as did her father, and his mother, my great-grandmother.  According to family history, she became a…

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