Indiana, End of Life Options, HB 1011

This legislation allows a terminally ill, mentally capable adult, with a prognosis of six months or less to live, the option to request, obtain and take medication — should they choose — to die peacefully in their sleep if their suffering becomes unbearable.

The bill is modeled after the Oregon Death with Dignity Act, which has been in practice for 25 years without a single instance of abuse or coercion.

Eligibility Criteria

Just like the Oregon Death with Dignity Act, to be eligible, a person must be:

  • An adult, aged 18 or older,

  • Terminally ill with a prognosis of 6 months or less to live, and

  • Mentally capable of making an informed healthcare decision.


Individuals are not eligible for medical aid in dying solely because of age or disability.

Key Provisions

  • The individual must be able to self-administer the medication. Self-administration does not include administration by intravenous (IV) injection or infusion of the patient by another person, including a healthcare provider.

  • Two healthcare providers must confirm that the person is terminally ill with a prognosis of six months or less to live, mentally capable and not being coerced.

  • A terminally ill person can withdraw their request for medication, not take the medication once they have it or otherwise change their mind at any point.

  • The attending healthcare provider must inform the requesting individual about all of their end-of-life care options, including comfort care, hospice and pain control.

  • There is a mandatory mental health evaluation if either healthcare provider has concerns about the patient’s capacity to make an informed health care decision; the prescription can’t be written until the mental health provider confirms capacity.

  • Healthcare providers who participate and comply with all aspects of the law are given civil and criminal immunity.

  • Anyone attempting to coerce a patient will face criminal prosecution.

  • Life insurance payments cannot be denied to family members of those who use the law.

  • No physician, health provider or pharmacist is required to participate.

  • Unused medication must be disposed of according to the guidelines specified by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency.

Additional Regulatory Requirements

  • The individual must make two separate requests for the medication, with a 15-day waiting period between the first and second request.

  • A written request is also required. Two people must witness the written request, one of whom cannot be a relative or someone who stands to benefit from the person’s estate.

  • Prescribing healthcare providers must comply with medical record documentation requirements and make records available to the state department of health.

  • The state department of health is required to issue a publicly available annual report. Identifying information about individual patients and doctors is kept confidential.

Additional Information About the Bill:

Primary Sponsor:

  • Rep. Matt Pierce (Democrat)


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