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Massachusetts law about health care proxies and living wills

A compilation of laws, regulations, cases, and web sources on health care proxies and living wills law.

Massachusetts laws

MGL c. 201D Health Care Proxies
MGL c.190B, Art. V, Pt. 5 Durable Power of Attorney

Massachusetts regulations

130 CMR 450 Administrative and billing regulations

Federal laws

42 USC 1396a(w)(1) "Patient Self-Determination Act"
42 USC 1395cc(f) Social Security Act: Maintenance of written policies and procedures

Federal regulations

42 CFR 489.100 Advance Directives


Health care proxy and living will forms

Web sources

  • Consumer's Tool Kit for Health Care Advance Planning, American Bar Association
    "To help you in this process, this tool kit contains a variety of self-help worksheets, suggestions, and resources. There are 10 tools in all, each clearly labeled and user-friendly. The tool kit does not create a formal advance directive for you. Instead, it helps you do the much harder job of discovering, clarifying, and communicating what is important to you in the face of serious illness."
  • End of Life Care, Executive Office of Health and Human Services.  
    Includes links to brochures in many languages, regulations, forms, and more, regarding Mass. requirement that health care providers "distribute to appropriate patients...culturally and linguistically suitable information regarding the availability of palliative care and end-of-life options."
  • Giving Someone a Power of Attorney for Your Health Care, American Bar Association, 2011
    "The form in this guide is a simple version of a Health Care Advance Directive. It allows you to choose someone to make health care decisions for you if you can’t. If you name a health care agent when you are healthy, you will make sure that someone you trust can make health care decisions for you if you become too ill or injured to make them yourself."
  • Health Care Proxies and End of Life Care, Mass. Medical Society 
    Includes information on health care proxies, living wills, hospice, and more.
  • Massachusetts Medical Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (MOLST), Dept. of Public Health.
    Everything you need to know about the law, for patients, families, and health care providers. "MOLST is a medical order form (similar to a prescription) that relays instructions between health professionals about a patient's care. MOLST is based on an individual's right to accept or refuse medical treatment, including treatments that might extend life." Site includes forms, videos, and more.
  • Ten Things You Should Know About Health Care Proxies and Living Wills, The Forum for Massachusetts Law
    Provides basic guidance in ensuring that your health care proxy complies with legal requirements and adequately protects your wishes.
  • What’s in Your Health Care Plan? Honoring Choices Massachusetts
    Provides sample health care proxy and personal directive as well as information about durable power of attorney and medical orders for life-sustaining treatment.
Last update: January 11, 2017 


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