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California Readies for Aid-in-Dying Law to Take Effect

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Elizabeth Wallner, of Sacramento, terminally ill with Stage IV colon cancer. (July, 2015) She was one of three terminally-ill patients who filed a lawsuit challenging California statute which bars helping someone to end their life. (Photo: Compassion & Choices)

California’s End of Life Option Act goes into effect June 9. The
law allows Californians who are terminally ill with six months or
less to live to legally request a prescription for end-of-life
medication. We discuss the law’s implementation with experts ៈ
and what it means for patients, insurance companies and doctors
– whether or not they choose to participate.

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What You Need to Know About California’s Aid-in-Dying Law (State of Health)


Emily Bazar, columnist and senior correspondent, Kaiser Health News

Sarah Hooper, executive director, UCSF/UC Hastings Consortium

Aaron Kheriaty, psychiatrist, UC Irvine Medical Center

Laura Petrillo, palliative care physician, Veterans Affairs Hospital of San Francisco

Lonny Shavelson, physician-director, Bay Area End of Life Options


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