At Friday, March 26th, HB1141, the Improving Access to Death with Dignity Act, has moved forward to the Senate Floor. The Washington Senate Committee on Health & Long Term Care decided so, voting 7 to 5 on approving. There will be challenges facing this bill as it goes to the full Washington Senate for a vote.
HB 1141 allows:
- advanced practice registered nurses or physician assistants to act as either the attending or consulting medical provider for individuals who want to access the Death with Dignity Act. A physician would still have to be one of the other two providers in either case.
- reduces the waiting period from 15 days to 72 hours, and allows the attending and consulting providers to waive the waiting period if the terminally ill individual’s death is imminent.
- modernizes the rules around how and when individuals can obtain their aid-in-dying prescription from a pharmacy.