A medical aid in dying law similar to Vermont’s Act 39 has been introduced in the New Hampshire legislature. A hearing is scheduled before the NH House Judiciary Committee on February 7.
Make your voice heard! Legislators need to hear from all New Hampshire residents who want to have the option of medical aid in dying in their own state. They also need to learn that Act 39 in Vermont works well and that the fears of opponents of medical aid in dying have not come to pass. Finally, they need to know that Vermont residents who receive their medical care in New Hampshire want this option legalized in New Hampshire. Here’s how to submit written testimony.
Open the Online Submission Form:
NH Resident Example:
I am a cancer survivor. Fortunately, the cancer is in remission, but I know that it could come back at any time. When the time comes that treatments are no longer possible or would be very debilitating with very little time remaining regardless, I will want the option of medical aid in dying. All New Hampshire residents deserve to be able to choose how they want to live and die, according to their own values and beliefs. Having medical aid in dying as an option would give me great comfort and help enable me to live my remaining months or weeks in the most life-affirming way possible. It is time for New Hampshire to recognize, along with Maine and Vermont, that medical aid in dying is a legitimate choice.
Example for Vermonter Receiving Care at DHMC:
I am a patient of Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, residing in Vermont. We Vermonters have had very sound experience with medical aid in dying under Vermont’s Act 39. New Hampshire licensed doctors at DHMC cannot prescribe in Vermont unless they are also licensed in Vermont. I have a strong relationship with my doctors at DHMC and I want them to be able to assist me with medical aid in dying should I be diagnosed with a terminal illness and decide to pursue that option. Our medical system crosses states lines, and it is time for New Hampshire to recognize, along with Maine and Vermont, that medical aid in dying is a legitimate choice.
Vermonter General Example:
I am a Vermonter where we have ten years of experience with Vermont's Act 39, a law that is similar to the bill before you. I have several friends who have considered or used medical aid in dying and I have to tell you that they and their families were extremely grateful to live in a state where their personal decisions at end-of-life were respected. They deeply appreciated being able to openly discuss all their concerns values and care options in private with their doctors. You will hear from many people who believe on religious grounds that medical aid in dying should not be available or that it will lead to abuse of the elderly or disabled. There has not been a single complaint of this kind in the ten years that Vermont's Act 39 has been in place. Please listen to those who have actual experience with medical aid in dying. It is time for New Hampshire to recognize, along with Maine and Vermont, that medical aid in dying is a legitimate choice.
Request for Assistance in Research
From time to time, PCV assists researchers who are studying various aspects of medical aid in dying. Currently, a researcher who is working on a Doctorate in Psychology is seeking participants for a study. Please read her notice below and contact her directly if you can participate.
Did your parent choose Medical Aid in Dying (MAID)?
Would you be willing to share your experiences for a research project?
My name is Jeanne-Marie Rimlinger and I am a doctoral candidate at California Southern University, and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in New York State. I am researching the experiences of adult children who have a parent who chose MAID. Your responses will help to increase understanding about MAID and the specific experiences of adult children with a parent who chose MAID.
If you would be willing to meet with me online (Zoom) for approximately 30-45 minutes and answer questions about your experiences, please contact me at:
All of your responses will be confidential. Thank you, and I look forward to hearing from you.
PCV Community Presentation in Montpelier
We are pleased to announce that PCV Board Co-chair Toni Kaeding, MS RN, will be presenting and leading a discussion on medical aid in dying on Wednesday, February 14, at 1:30pm at the Montpelier Senior Activity Center, 58 Barre Street.
Medical Aid in Dying: What It Is and What It Isn’t
Sponsored by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)
Click for more information and registration. OLLI requests an $8 fee. For registration questions, please call 802-656-8407 or email firstname.lastname@example.org during office hours (M-F, 8:30AM - 4:00PM).
All of PCV's community discussions are life-affirming and empowering. Our presenters always include personal experiences as they delve into how medical aid in dying works and how it fits into the continuum of care that an individual may choose. There will be opportunities to share stories, ask questions and learn more about how to discuss your values and preferences with you doctor, your family and others who may be involved in your care.
Feel free to contact us if you would like to organize a presentation in your community.
“Medical aid and dying is so centrally important to my soul and to my peace of mind and to ending this one beautiful and amazing life the way I want it to end.” - Lynda Bluestein
The Vermont Department of Health has just released its report on medical aid in dying for the period of July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2023. This bi-annual report offers statistics indicating that access to Medical Aid in Dying in Vermont has expanded in recent years.
For the past five years, Patient Choices Vermont (PCV) has been fortunate to have retired nurse Toni Kaeding as one of our principal volunteers. As the main voice on our Helpline, Toni has offered more than 750 callers clear information, expert guidance, and a sympathetic ear.
We are pleased to have recognized Toni’s outstanding work at a recent PCV board meeting. As a token of our appreciation for her many contributions, we sent Toni a pair of made-in-Vermont Darn Tough Socks. Profits from this special ‘Sweet as Syrup’ sock promotion provide meals to the Vermont Foodbank.
On behalf of Patient Choices Vermont, we urge you to favorably consider S.1331/H.2246, An
Act Relative to End-of-Life Options.
We are pleased to announce that on July 14, 2023, Oregon Governor Tina Kotek signed House Bill 2279, removing the residency restriction from Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act.
PCV co-sponsors Act 39
How would you react when your dearest friend who is dying of cancer, decides to hasten death and asks you to be present at the end of their life?
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On May 2nd, as a result of PCV's research, education and advocacy, the State of Vermont removed the residency requirement from our medical aid in dying law.
This landmark change is a huge step forward for compassion and end-of-life choice. Now, any patient who meets the requirements listed in Act 39 can come to Vermont to apply for this important option.
In a huge step for compassion at the end of life, the State of Vermont has just opened the option of medical aid in dying to people regardless of where they live.
Removal of the Act 39 residency restriction is far more than a political victory. The overwhelming support in the legislature and signature by the Governor demonstrate how, together, we have accomplished a pivotal shift in cultural attitudes toward end-of-life choice here in Vermont. Since the founding of PCV twenty-one years ago, medical aid in dying has become a widely valued and respected option in the continuum of end-of-life care.
Advocates Praise the Vermont Legislature and Governor for Removing the Residency Requirement from the State’s Medical Aid-in-Dying Law
Vermont’s Action Will Help Terminally Ill Adults in Other States Access Peaceful Dying Option
Advocates for improving end-of-life care options for terminally ill adults praised the Vermont legislature and Governor Phil Scott (R-Vt.) for becoming the first state to remove the residency requirement from its medical aid-in-dying law.