This Legislation Would 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.

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:

Bill Authors:

Senator Susan Talamantes-Eggman

Assemblymember Jim Wood

Bill Co-Authors:

Sen. Hertzberg

Sen. Laird

Sen. Weiner

Asm. Jim Cooper

Asm. Cecilia Aquiar-Curry

Asm. Rob Bonta

Asm. Jim Frazier

Asm. Christina Garcia

Asm. Luz Rivas

Asm. Autumn Burke

Asm. Wendy Carrillo

Legislation:

SB 380