Medicaid PlanningHealthcare Documents

It’s important to have your healthcare documents up to date, including a healthcare power of attorney, living will and HIPAA Authorization.

Healthcare Power of Attorney

A healthcare power of attorney designates who you want to make healthcare decisions for you if you are unable. It also gives guidance to your agents and doctors in carrying out your medical treatment if you are unable to speak for yourself.

Living Will

A living will is a legal document that states your wishes regarding your care if you become terminal or permanently unconscious. It allows your agent to keep you off life support and/or withhold artificial food and fluids if it is determined that there is no hope for your recovery from an accident or illness. It’s important to note that a living will is not the same as a Do Not Resuscitate Order, and it is only applicable if you are terminal or permanently unconscious.

HIPAA Authorization

The HIPAA authorization sets forth who can have access to your medical information and who doctors can talk to, if you are unable to speak to yourself. Since HIPAA laws have been passed, many doctors and hospitals will not talk to relatives unless they have permission to speak to them. By signing a HIPAA Authorization in advance, you will allow your loved ones to be able to speak with your doctors about your healthcare if needed.

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