What is an advance directive?
An advance directive is a form you fill out and sign. It helps make sure you get the medical care you want if you are ever so sick or injured that you can’t speak for yourself. An advance directive also states who you want to make health care decisions for you. That’s why it’s important to choose someone you trust.
Some of the decisions you’ll make include what kind of health care you do or do not want if:
- You lose consciousness
- You can no longer make health care decisions
- You cannot tell your doctor or family what kind of care you want for any other reason
- You want to be an organ donor
- You want someone else to decide about your health care if you can’t
- Living will –‒ Tells what kind of treatments you would want, and what treatments you wouldn’t want
- Durable power of attorney –‒ Names a person of your choice to make decisions for you
You have a right to an advance directive, and we’re here to help. How can you create one?
- Call Member Services at 1-800-600-4441 (TTY 711) for more information on advance directives.
- Get an advance directive from your Primary Care Provider (PCP).
- Go to the Caring Info Website to find your state-specific advance directive. Choose the link to download your state specific Advance Directive. Then scroll down to view the links for each state.
Once I have the form(s), what do I do?
- Review your options and rights. Take your time. Think about it. Talk it over with your doctor and loved ones.
- Fill out and sign your advance directive.
- Give your signed advance directive to your PCP and other persons you trust to have it when needed. You can change your advance directive later if you want.