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Society seeks legislative sponsors for bill to create advance directive registry

The Wisconsin Medical Society is currently asking state lawmakers to sign on as cosponsors to LRB 5134/1, which would allow for the creation of a statewide directory for advance directives, health care powers of attorney and other critical documents.

These documents are often lost in the shuffle as patients move between home and health care facilities, and important choices about an individual’s health care decisions can be lost. If unable to speak for themselves, patients can receive treatments they didn’t want, worsening an already challenging moment of their lives.

For over a year, the Society—through Honoring Choices Wisconsin, its advance care planning initiative—has been leading efforts to create a registry to provide a central resource to ensure that health care professionals know their patients’ wishes for future health care decisions. Together with the Department of Health Services, the Society has collaborated with State Reps. John Macco, R—Ledgeview, and Cody Horlacher, R—Mukwonago, to create a legislative solution that would allow DHS to create the registry.

Reps. Horlacher and Macco are scheduled to close cosponsorship next Wednesday, February 14. If you would like your legislator to cosponsor the bill, let them know you support the Society’s effort in this important area. You can confirm your state assembly representative’s and state senator’s contact information on the legislature’s website.

The Society has been a champion of advance care planning since 2012 with the establishment of Honoring Choices Wisconsin, a program that has helped more than 30 health care organizations statewide and thousands of individuals document their health care wishes.

For more information, contact Peter Welch, vice president of public affairs and strategic advocacy initiatives.

The name “Honoring Choices Wisconsin” is used under license from the Twin Cities Medical Society Foundation.

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