This Legislation Would Make Permanent and Improve the California End of Life Option Act:
The End of Life Option Act took effect on June 9, 2016. Under the law, terminally ill, mentally capable adults with 6 months or less to live are able to request aid-in-dying medication which they can then choose to self-ingest. The law gives eligible patients the option of medical aid in dying to peacefully end their suffering. The law was passed with a 10-year sunset. If the law is not reauthorized before January 1, 2026, it will expire.
This legislation will make the California End of Life Option Act permanent and improve upon the law so that more eligible Californians are able to access the law. Key improvements include:
- Shorten the waiting period to 48 hours.
- Improve transparency of healthcare facility policies by requiring them to post their medical aid in dying policies on their websites.
- Remove the redundant fourth request for medical aid in dying (referred to as the final attestation).
- Clarify that medical providers should document and date requests for medical aid in dying, which can be referenced should a patient choose to transfer care.
- Clarify that medical aid in dying medication may be self-administered within a healthcare facility.
Additional Information About the Bill:
Senator Susan Talamantes-Eggman
Assemblymember Jim Wood
Asm. Cecilia Aquiar-Curry
Asm. Rob Bonta
Asm. Jim Cooper
Asm. Jim Frazier
Asm. Christina Garcia
Asm. Luz Rivas