New ND State Law on Advance Directives
Senate Bill 2343 of the North Dakota Century Code became
Effective August 1, 2005. This bill combines the current living
will statues and current durable power of attorney for healthcare
directives into a single document called the Health Care
Directive. SB 2343 also provides for a combined statutory
healthcare directive form.
Individuals creating a Health Care Directive still have
several options for appointments and stating wishes. One still can
appoint and agent or provide a written statement of one’s
wishes. In addition, one also has the option of appointing an
agent and providing written statements about healthcare
wish to assist in guiding the agent. The goal of this Health Care
Directive is to create meaningful communication of one’s wishes
with those who need to know it the most, in preparation of
possible future loss of decision making capacity.
Any living wills or healthcare power of attorneys created
prior to the passing of this bill will not be affected. In other
words, any current directives will remain valid. If you are
interested in completing one of the new Health Care Directives
please stop by or call GaPS office anytime and we can assist you.
Click here to download
the Health Care Directive Form.