Delaware End-Of-Life Coalition
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Recent Delaware End-of-Life Legislation

House Bill 167

Primary Sponsor: McWilliams Additional Sponsor(s): Reps. Carey Ennis Ewing Gilligan Hall-Long Johnson Keeley Kowalko Maier M Marshall Mitchell Oberle Outten Plant Schooley Schwartzkopf Spence Viola Wagner Williams Sens. Blevins Henry McDowell Peterson Sokola Sorenson
Introduced on: 05/10/2007

Long Title: AN ACT TO AMEND CHAPTER 10, TITLE 16 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO POLICIES OF HOSPITALS AND OTHER FACILITIES.

Synopsis: This bill requires the Hospital to honor advance health-care directives and any similar documents, subject to certain limitations set forth in the bill.

Current status: Out of Committee On 06/12/07
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Senate Concurrent Resolution # 12 w/HA 1, HA 2, HA 3

Primary Sponsor: Venables Additional Sponsor(s): Rep. Ewing
CoSponsors: Sens. Sokola, Cloutier, Sorenson; Reps. Buckworth, DiPinto, Maier, Keeley
Introduced on : 05/05/2005

Long Title: ESTABLISHING A TASK FORCE TO EXAMINE HOW TO IMPLEMENT A "SHORT-FORM" ADVANCED HEALTH CARE DIRECTIVE TO BE ASSOCIATED WITH A NOTATION ON DELAWARE DRIVER LICENSES AND NON-DRIVER IDENTIFICATION CARDS.

Synopsis: The case of Terri Schiavo has focused our state on the various issues surrounding advanced health care directives. To be proactive without mandating a fundamental change in the laws governing who makes end of life decisions, this Concurrent Resolution establishes a Task Force to recommend the most feasible way to implement a “short-form” advanced health care directive that can be completed by people applying for their driver licenses or non-driver identification cards and for which a notation would appear on the face of the license or ID card. The idea behind this Concurrent Resolution is that when a person makes the decision whether or not to be an organ donor, s/he should be able to fill out a short form that qualifies under Delaware laws as an advanced health care directive if s/he wishes to do so. IF the form is completed, a legally sufficient copy would be retained in a central location in the State (probably at the DMV) and, should the need arise, a health care provider can access a copy of the short form for use in determining how decisions should be made under the circumstances.

Current Status: House Passed On 03/16/2006
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Senate Bill # 254
Primary Sponsor: Vaughn
Additional Sponsor(s): Rep. Valihura
CoSponsors: Sens. Venables, Bonini & Rep. Keeley
Introduced on : 01/26/2006

Long Title: AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 10 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO WRONGFUL DEATH.

Synopsis: This Act would permit the victim’s survivor of a wrongful death to recoup “reasonable funeral expenses.” The current $2,000 limit is outdated and unreasonable, and without a basis in economic reality. Rather than legislate another limit, which would have to be Amended again as costs rise in the future, this Act would permit “reasonable” funeral expenses, to be tied to the amount paid upon the death of a State pensioner which is currently $7,000 and Amended periodically.

Current Status: Signed On 05/15/2006
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