According to the 2019 Hawai’i Census, 57.3% of the population identified as Asian and 27% identified as Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander.
Compassion & Choices’ Political Advocacy team successfully led the efforts to pass medical aid in dying in Hawai‘i. Hawai‘i became the seventh state and eighth jurisdiction to authorize medical aid in dying when the Our Care, Our Choice Act was signed by Governor Ige on April 5, 2018 and went into effect on January 1, 2019.
In 2018, the House and Senate Health Committees heard testimony about the Our Care, Our Choice Act. These are excerpts from those testimonies:
As part of our access campaign, Compassion & Choices launched PSAs in Hawai‘i to coincide with the implementation of the Our Care, Our Choice Act on January 1, 2019.
This on-going access work has allowed Compassion & Choices to build strong relationships with the largest healthcare systems, hospices, medical organizations and key stakeholders in Hawai‘i.