Status of Medical Aid in Dying

On June 5, Governor Jared Polis signed the improved End-of-Life Options Act into law. SB 68 goes into effect August 7, 2024.

Key updates to the law:

The mandatory waiting period between oral requests is reduced from 15 to seven days, or waived entirely if the patient is unlikely to survive the wait.

Advanced practice registered nurses with prescriptive authority can now serve as attending and consulting providers.

The Colorado End-of-Life Options Act went into effect on December 16, 2016, authorizing the compassionate option of medical aid in dying for terminally ill adults to get a prescription they can take to end their suffering peacefully.

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Compassion & Choices, alongside advocates and clinicians, praised Colorado Governor Jared Polis for signing legislation (SB24-068) Wednesday to significantly improve access to medical aid in dying for terminally ill patients.  The Colorado End-of-Life Options Act, originally enacted into law via a ballot initiative with 65% voter support in 2016, gives terminally ill, mentally capable adults…

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