On May 20, 2013, Act 39, Vermont Patient Choice and Control at the End of Life Act went into effect, when Governor Shumlin signed it into law. The law is currently in effect giving terminally ill, mentally capable Vermont residents with six months or less to live the option to request a prescription medication to end unbearable suffering. Patient Choices Vermont leads Vermont-based efforts to implement the law.

Recently, lawmakers in Vermont introduced a new bill, S. 74, designed to make improvements to the current law and allow more eligible patients to access medical aid in dying while still protecting medically vulnerable populations. Read the summary of S. 74.

Patient Choices Vermont is a 501c3 organization that educates Vermonters on medical aid in dying and patient choice.

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Tools and Resources

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For Patients
Access the Vermont 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
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