SB 887
Establishes the Advance Health Care Directive Registry
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Last Action:
5/13/2016 - H Calendar Senate Bills for Third Reading
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Effective Date:
August 28, 2016
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Current Bill Summary

SB 887 - This act requires the Department of Health and Senior Services to 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 the directive. The third party contractor shall be solely responsible for the administration and maintenance of the registry. All data and information contained in the registry shall remain confidential and shall be exempt from the Sunshine law. 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.

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 fee not to exceed ten dollars.

The Department may promulgate rules to carry out the provisions of this act which may 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 SS/SCS/SB 122 (2015).