Law for Older Americans

Health Care Advance Directives

Is an advance directive still good when you cross state lines?

Providers normally try to follow your wishes, regardless of the form you use or where you executed it. Only if you spend significant amounts of time in more than one state do you seriously need to consider executing an advance directive for each state. In such cases, find out whether one document will meet the formal requirements of these states.

As a practical matter, you may want to name different agents anyway if one agent is not easily available in all locations. The agent should be physically close to the place of care.

>>What is a health care advance directive?
>>How do you plan a health care advance directive?
>>Is a health care advance directive the same as a living will?
>>Why can't I just tell my doctor what I want?
>>Will doctors and hospitals recognize my advance directive?
>>What is the Patient Self-Determination Act?
>>How do you write an advance directive?
>>What kinds of decisions does a health-care agent make?
>>How do you select a health-care agent?
>>Are there any formalities of signing an advance directive?
>>Can you change or terminate your advance directive?
>>Where should you keep the directive?
>>When should you review your advance directive?
>>Is an advance directive still good when you cross state lines?


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