June 07, 2019

NJ Enacts Medical Aid in Dying Act

New Jersey recently enacted legislation, effective in August 2019, recognizing the right of competent NJ residents that may be terminally ill, with the protection of appropriate safeguards, to obtain medication that the patient may self-administer to bring about the patient’s “humane and dignified death.”  The law requires the patient to be terminally ill and to make a written, and two oral requests, at least 15 days apart to a physician for a prescription for medication. The attending physician must refer the patient to a consulting physician for medical confirmation of the diagnosis and prognosis.