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When should I make an Advance Directive?

The best time to make an Advance Directive is before you need one! Young people as well as older people should think about making an Advance Directive. It can be changed or cancelled at any time. It should be updated when needed or if you are diagnosed with a serious illness.

What happens when I have an Advance Directive?

If you have an Advance Directive and cannot make your own medical decisions, they will be made for you. These decisions will be based on the types of medical care you have chosen in your Advance Directive and/or by the person you chose as your agent or proxy for your health care choices. It is important to make sure that your family, health care providers and others who might be called know that you have an Advance Directive and what is in it. They also need to have a copy of the Advance Directive so that it can be used in your treatment. At Molina Healthcare, once you have told your provider that you have an Advance Directive or not, we require that your provider records your decisions in your medical file.

What important things should I know about Advance Directives?

  • You have the right to allow or refuse any health care at any time. This is true even after you have signed an Advance Directive. It is true even if the Advance Directive gives different directions.
  • You do not have to complete an Advance Directive. No one can force you to fill out an Advance Directive. It is against the law for anyone to force you to fill out a directive.
  • You cannot be refused care or otherwise be discriminated against because you do not have an Advance Directive.
  • You have the right to express your end-of-life care and other health care wishes.
  • Advance Directives do not expire. An Advance Directive remains good until you change it. If you make a new Advance Directive, it cancels the old one.
  • You have the right to have an agent make health care choices for you.
  • Advance Directives are written to follow your state laws.
  • If you have signed an Advance Directive and you believe that a provider or hospital has not followed the instructions, you may file a complaint with your State agency.

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