- Naming a health care agent and/or completing an advance care plan helps health care providers honor wishes when patients are unable to speak for themselves.
- Families who discuss these wishes for care in advance experience less distress and bereavement after a loss.
- The vast majority of Marylanders still have not named a health care agent and/or completed an advance care plan.
- Communities that have been most successful in honoring patient wishes have created consistent and recurrent processes to present residents with the opportunity to name a health care agent and/or complete an advance care plan.
is a Maryland where all people are empowered – and encouraged – to make their end-of-life care wishes known, and to ensure those wishes are honored.
is focused on one goal – to see that every Maryland resident is regularly presented with the opportunity to complete an advance care plan.
To accomplish this, we will engage with health care providers, insurers, legislators, and state administration. We will advocate for changes to statewide practices to ensure residents are regularly prompted to name a health care agent and/or complete an advance care plan.
We seek to build a coalition of members who support this goal and who endorse our efforts to implement the recommendations of the State Advisory Council on Quality Care at the End of Life to increase the completion of advance care plans in Maryland.
Our coalition will focus our efforts during 2021, leading up to the 2022 legislative session.
By joining the coalition…
I/my organization agree that regularly presenting residents with opportunities to name an agent and/or complete an advance care plan is the best way to ensure care wishes are known and honored.
I/my organization support the coalition’s action to implement the recommendations of the State Advisory Council on Quality Care at the End of Life. This includes support for options life:
- Requiring, encouraging, or incentivizing insurance companies to offer advance care planning as a covered benefit; and/or presenting opportunities to complete an advance care plan during open enrollment;
- Embedding advance care planning into health system workflows, with a particular sensitivity to underserved communities;
- Making it easier to complete, upload, and retrieve electronic advance directives;
- Presenting the option to complete an advance care plan when residents access state services (e.g., when registering a car or renewing a driver’s license);
- Encouraging state leaders to publicly recognize National Healthcare Decisions Day, and supporting existing public awareness campaigns;
- MHA ask? AARP ask?