KY HB224 | 2020 | Regular Session


Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)
Status: Introduced on January 9 2020 - 25% progression
Action: 2020-01-13 - to Health and Family Services (H)
Pending: House Health and Family Services Committee
Text: Latest bill text (Introduced) [PDF]


Create new sections of KRS Chapter 311 to define terms; establish a qualified terminally ill patient's right to voluntarily request medication to self-administer to cause death; require conditions for making request; permit patient to rescind request at any time; permit an attending physician to provide medication; establish requirements for attending physician to inform patients and document request; require disposal of unused medications; establish residency requirements for qualified patients; require report by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services; establish provisions for contracts, insurance policies, and beneficiaries; prohibit applicability of provisions to ending a patient's life by lethal injection, mercy killing, or active euthanasia; state that a health care provider is not required to provide medication to a qualified patient; permit health care providers to prohibit person or entities from participating in a qualified patient's request during or on the premises of employment; prohibit reporting a health care provider to a licensing board for participating in a qualified patient's request; state that actions under this Act do not authorize lethal injection, mercy killing or active euthanasia; state that actions under this Act do not constitute suicide or homicide; create a form for a qualified patient to make a request; create a form for an interpreter for a qualified patient making a request; create a new section of KRS 304.12 to establish provisions for insurance policies and beneficiaries of qualified patients; amend KRS 507.020 and KRS 507.030 to create an affirmative defense to a charge of murder and manslaughter in the first degree; create the short title the Kentucky Death with Dignity Act.

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AN ACT relating to patient-directed care at the end of life.



2020-01-13Houseto Health and Family Services (H)
2020-01-09Houseintroduced in House


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