National and statewide news on end-of-life issues.

Lobby Day for Medical Aid in Dying

May 9, 2017: Nearly one hundred advocates for the Medical Aid in Dying Act from around New York State, including a contingent from Death with Dignity–Albany, gathered in Albany today under the auspices of the Compassion and Choices New York campaign. After a morning press conference in the Capitol led by campaign director Corinne Carey, advocates fanned out to see their Senators and Assembly Members in the Legislative Office Building during the afternoon.

The participation by Death with Dignity–Albany supporters was enhanced by a training session on May 4, which included presentations by Compassion and Choices organizers Corrine Carey and Amanda Cavanaugh and by Assembly Member Phil Steck. These were followed by a role-playing demonstration.

Personal reflections on the Lobby Day experience were prepared by Susan Harris and are available in our library HERE.

Medical Aid in Dying Act Reintroduced for 2017

January 23, 2017: Compassion & Choices New York Campaign Director Corinne Carey joined Senator Diane Savino (IDC-Staten Island), Assemblymember Amy Paulin (D-Westchester), Assembly Health Committee Chair Dick Gottfried (D-Manhattan), other legislators and supporters to announce the reintroduction of the Medical Aid in Dying Act for 2017 at a Capitol news conference on Monday, January 23. It was attended by many C&C and Death with Dignity-Albany supporters and was widely covered by the media.

The text of the bill is available HERE.

Many statewide organizations have announced their support for aid in dying legislation, including New York StateWide Senior Action Council, End of Life Choices New York, MPAC (Mobilizing Preachers & Communities), Harlem United, Housing Works, Adirondack Voters for Change and Secular Coalition for New York. In addition, a growing number of national organizations representing healthcare professionals have endorsed or taken a neutral position on medical aid in dying, including the American Medical Women’s Association, the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, American Academy of Legal Medicine, American Medical Student Association and American Public Health Association.

A robust campaign is underway to move this bill through the Assembly Health committee and the Codes committee. You can help! Suggestions for taking action are on the Take Action page of our website, and you can participate in events such as the legislative Lobby Day on May 9.

Albany Times Union Previews our September 29 Program

September 24, 2016: On the Faith & Values page (C2) today, the Albany Times Union presents two feature articles related to our upcoming September 29 panel discussion “Clergy Perspectives on End-of-Life Options.” The first is based on an interview with Dr. David Gordis, who will be a member of the …

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New York State Health Committee Approves Bill!

May 23, 2016: The New York State Assembly Health Committee, by a 14-11 margin, has passed the Medical Aid in Dying Act! This is an historic and unprecedented first step towards expanding end-of-life options for all New Yorkers. The bill would allow a terminally ill, mentally competent adult to request …

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California Enacts End-of-Life Options Act

October 5, 2015: Governor Jerry Brown signed the End of Life Options Act, which will go into effect on June 9, 2016. In September, following emotional debate, the Assembly passed the bill 43 to 34, and senators approved it on a 23 to 14 bipartisan vote on the final day …

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Medicare To Pay Doctors for Having End of Life Conversations with Patients

NY Times, July 8, 2015: Medicare, the federal program that insures 55 million older and disabled Americans, announced plans on Wednesday to reimburse doctors for conversations with patients about whether and how they would want to be kept alive if they became too sick to speak for themselves. The plan …

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