An Act To Prioritize Family Members as Surrogates for Medical Decisions
Sec. 1. 18-A MRSA §5-805, sub-§(b), as amended by PL 1999, c. 411, §3, is further amended to read:
Current law places nonspousal partners above adult children, parents and adult siblings when prioritizing who may act as a surrogate for medical decisions for an incapacitated adult, including the decision to withhold or withdraw life-sustaining treatment. This bill gives adult children, parents and adult siblings medical decision-making priority over nonspousal partners.