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Bill to Help Patients with
End-of-Life Care Decisions
Advances in Pa. Senate

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egislation that would create a legal What's Next for POLST Legislation?
SB 623 now advances to the full Pa. Senate for consideration.
framework for Pennsylvania Orders for
A similar POLST bill - House Bill 1196 - has been introduced
Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) by House Majority Whip Bryan Cutler and has been referred to
directives - Senate Bill (SB) 693, introduced the House Health Committee for consideration.
POLST is among PAMED's current advocacy priorities. You
by Sen. Gene Yaw - was unanimously approved
can find the latest on all our advocacy priorities at www.pamedsoc.
by the Senate Health and Human Services org/advocacy. *
Committee on Dec. 12, 2017.
"Use of a POLST form gives seriously ill patients more control
over their treatment and also helps them talk with their doctors
and family members about their end-of-life choices," said Sen. Yaw.
"The health and well-being of our patients has always been,
and will forever remain, our number one priority. The care and
comfort of our patients is a responsibility we take very seriously,"
said Pennsylvania Medical Society (PAMED) President Theodore
Christopher, MD. "That's why PAMED is pleased to learn that SB
623 - POLST legislation that would allow patients to freely direct
and control their end-of-life care - successfully moved out of the
Senate Health and Human Services Committee."
The latest action on SB 623 is another step forward in a multiyear, collaborative effort that drew on the expertise of 27 health
care and patient advocacy organizations.

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