On March 14, the Massachusetts End of Life Options Act (H.2381/S.1384), that would authorize medical aid in dying, was reported favorably by the Joint Committee on Public Health. On March 24 the Senate bill was referred to the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing. On July 31, Massachusetts' 2021/2022 legislative session ended without further action on the bills.

In May 2022, new polling was released from Suffolk University/The Boston Globe showing a record 77% support among Massachusetts residents for medical aid-in-dying legislation, including majorities across the Commonwealth's regional, political and racial spectrum. Read more here.

 

On February 8, the bill was reintroduced for the 2021/2022 legislative session by sponsors Senator Jo Comerford (Hampshire, Franklin and Worcester) and Representative Jim O’Day (Worcester). It was heard by the Joint Committee on Public Health on Friday, October 1.

Faced with a terminal diagnosis, Massachusetts 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.

Email your lawmakers today and let them know you’re counting on them to advance the bill without delay. Our tool makes it easy to make sure your lawmakers are on board, or to thank them for their support if they already are.

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Tools and Resources

simple blue medical cross graphic.For Patients Access the Massachusetts Advance Directive  

 

 

tools for end of life planning and decision making.End-of-Life Planning Use our step-by-step guide to chart your journey.  

 

 

advance care planning and resources in Spanish, espanol.Los recursos en Español Los recursos en Español.  

 

 

answers to questions about COVID-19, including treatment and end of life.COVID-19 Toolkit Get answers to your questions about COVID-19 and end of life care.  

 

 

tools for end of life planning and decision making.Resources for Providers Find resources tailored to the needs of healthcare providers.