The materials from our popular Jan. 16. 2007 call-in CLE program of the same title.
On November 29th, Governor Rendell signed into law Act 169 of 2006 (formerly SB 628). The Act, which will take effect on January 29, 2007, makes sweeping changes affecting health care powers of attorney and living wills, reauthorizes out-of-hospital do-not-resuscitate orders, and -- for the first time -- authorizes actions by health care representatives. The Act rewrites and replaces Chapter 54 of Title 20 to provide a statutory means for competent adults to control their health care by written instructions, or through health care agents or representatives and requested orders. It also provides for execution and revocation of living wills and health care powers of attorney with health care agents, and authorizes selection and duties of health care representatives in the absence of an agent designation.