Faced with a terminal diagnosis, Hawai‘i residents deserve the full range of options for care at the end of life, including medical aid in dying. Medical aid in dying allows terminally ill adults to get a prescription they can take to end their life peacefully. The Our Care, Our Choice Act allows terminally ill, mentally capable Hawaii residents to access medical aid in dying.
Thanks to the tireless work of dedicated Compassion & Choices supporters and volunteers, on January 24, 2022, HB 1823 was filed in the Hawai‘i State House of Representatives. This bill will make crucial amendments to the Our Care, Our Choice Act to improve access – allowing advanced practice nurse practitioners and physician assistants to serve as prescribing or consulting providers, and reducing the suffering period as Hawaiʻiʻs is the longest in the nation at 20 days. Unfortunately, despite passing the entire House, the entire Senate and six major committees, the bill failed in the conference committee on April 28.
What we were able to accomplish was immense. We educated state legislators about the need to improve the law and advocated for the rights of terminally ill Hawaiʻi residents. That is no small feat, and it was a real community effort. Mahalo nui loa for your tireless work to pass this critical legislation. This fight is not over. We will continue to do everything we can to improve access to the Our Care, Our Choice Act.
- Attend an Event in Hawai‘i: Participate in virtual activities related to medical aid in dying and advance care planning.
- Volunteer With Us: Join other passionate and dedicated individuals to work to re-enact legislation that improves care and expands end-of-life choice.
- Follow us on Facebook.
- Sign our petition to show your support for improving the Our Care, Our Choice Act.
Education & Outreach
In January 2020 alone, Compassion & Choices participated in multiple events with volunteers and supporters, including a successful panel discussion on the one year anniversary of the Our Care, Our Choice Act’s implementation. Learn more about the Hawai‘i Our Care, Our Choice Act.
Tools and Resources
End-of-Life Planning Use our step-by-step guide to chart your journey or access the California advance directive directly here.
Recursos en Español Recursos en Español.
COVID-19 Toolkit Get answers to your questions about COVID-19 and end of life care.
Resources for Providers Find resources tailored to the needs of healthcare providers.
Dementia Values & Priorities Tool Use our tool to document your preferences to make sure you get the care you want.