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Hawaii

Current Status

Hawai‘i is the 7th U.S. jurisdiction to have a death with dignity statute. The Our Care, Our Choice Act went into effect on January 1, 2019.

2020 Legislative Session

In the 2020 session, amendments to the Our Care, Our Choice Act have been proposed:

  • SB2582
    • Full text of SB2582
      • authorizes advanced practice registered nurses to practice medical aid in dying in accordance with their scope of practice and prescribing authority;
      • reduces the mandatory waiting period between oral requests from 20 to 15 days; and
      • waives the mandatory waiting period for those terminally ill individuals not expected to survive the mandatory waiting period
    • Legislative history of SB2582
    • Heard in Senate Commerce, Consumer Protection, and Health Committee on February 4, 2020.
  • SB3047
    • Full text of SB3047
      • allows an advance directive to be a valid written request;
      • allows an attending provider to waive the counseling referral requirement;
      • allows an attending provider to perform duties through telehealth; and
      • requires health insurance policies and contracts issued after 12/31/20 to provide coverage for services related to ending a patient’s life.
    • Legislative history of SB3047
    • Heard in Senate Commerce, Consumer Protection, and Health Committee on February 4, 2020.

Resources and Additional Information

About the Statute and Implementation

Resources for Patients

Resources for Physicians

History

2019

In the 2019 legislative session, the Hawaii state legislature passed and Governor signed into law SB536, which clarified that “existing laws intended to curb over-access to and abuse of opioids do not apply to qualified patients who are prescribed or issued prescriptions pursuant to the State’s Our Care, Our Choice Act.”

On July 1, 2019, the Department of Health released the first report on the law’s implementation, covering the period from January to May 2019.

2002-2018: The Road to Our Care, Our Choice Act

Efforts to pass a death with dignity law in Hawai‘i date back almost two decades.

Learn more about the history of assisted dying legislation in Hawai‘i ›

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