Senate Committee Substitute

SCS/SB 122 - This act requires the Department of Health and Senior Services to issue a request for proposal and contract with a third party for the establishment of a health care directives registry for the purpose of providing a place to securely store an advance health care directive online and to give authorized health care providers immediate access to them. An "advance health care directive" is defined as either a power of attorney for health care or a declaration signed by an adult declarant containing the person's direction concerning a health care decision. A "declaration" shall mean a record such as living will, an intent to donate an anatomical gift under the Uniform Anatomical Gift Act, or a do-not-resuscitate order. All data and information contained in the registry shall remain confidential and shall be exempt from the Sunshine law.

All documents shall be submitted electronically to the registry at intake points, such as licensed health care providers and licensed attorneys, and signed electronically with a unique identifier, such as a Social Security number, a driver's license number, or another unique government-issued identifier. The electronic submission will be accompanied by a ten dollar fee.

The Department shall promulgate rules to carry out the provisions of this act which shall include, but not be limited to a determination of who may access the registry, including physicians, other licensed health care providers, the declarant, and his or her legal representative or designee.

This act is substantially similar to SB 832 (2014).


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