A Health Care Proxy by Any Other Name…
A health care proxy is a document that lets you designate who can and will make your health care decisions if you cannot do so. It sounds simple enough, but states have a funny way of making things way more complicated than they need to be.
What’s known in one state, such as Massachusetts, as a health care proxy is known in other states, say, New Hampshire, as a durable power of attorney for healthcare or simply a power of attorney for healthcare. Or, it’s as simple as a medical power of attorney. Simple, right? But wait, there’s more…
A health care power of attorney can sometimes be part of a larger document such as a living will, or it can stand alone as its own document. Some states, California for example, incorporate the health care proxy into its larger advanced healthcare directive.
Once you have a health care proxy, that doesn’t mean that it’s valid in every state. If you enjoy beautiful Cape Cod in the summer and winter in balmy Arizona, the health care proxy you signed in one state may not meet the legal requirements of the other state. With all these laws and regulations, how do you make sure that your wishes are followed?
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