Washington voters overwhelmingly supported medical aid in dying in 2008, and the next year the legislature empowered mentally capable, terminally ill adults with six months or left to live by giving them the option to get a doctor’s prescription for medication they can decide to take if their suffering becomes unbearable.
January 2023: HB 1350 and SB 5179, which would increase access to the Washington Death with Dignity Act, have been introduced for the new legislative session. The Senate bill will receive a hearing by the Senate Committee on Health & Long-Term Care on February 2.
Tools and Resources
For Patients Learn whether you are eligible for the Washington Death with Dignity Act.
End-of-Life Planning Use our step-by-step guide to chart your journey or access the Washington 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.