Maryland

Status of Medical Aid in Dying

The Maryland End of Life Option Act (HB 0403), The Honorable Elijah E. Cummings and the Honorable Shane E. Pendergrass Act, was introduced on January 18, 2024, and referred to the Health and Government Operations and Judiciary committees. If authorized, this bill would allow a terminally ill, mentally capable adult to request a prescription from their physician that they could take to bring about a peaceful death. A summary of the bill can be found here.

The Senate companion bill (SB 0443) was introduced on January 22, 2024. The hearing will take place on February 8, 2024, at 1:00 p.m. ET.

We are waiting for a hearing date for the House to be announced.

Marylanders deserve the full range of options for care at the end of life – including medical aid in dying, which allows terminally ill adults to get a prescription they can take to end their life peacefully.

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