Annapolis, MD – Today, legislation authored by Senator Roger Manno proclaiming each April 16th to be National Healthcare Decisions Day, became implemented.
Manno’s legislation, SB422, requires the Governor to annually proclaim April 16 as National Healthcare Decisions Day. Nationally, Healthcare Decisions Day is designed to raise public awareness of the need to plan ahead for healthcare decisions related to end of life care and medical decision making whenever patients are unable to speak for themselves and to encourage the specific use of Advance Directives to communicate these important healthcare decisions.
“This is an important initiative,” state Roger. “As we live longer, we are faced with greater and more complicated end-of-life options. It is important that we prepare and educate those empowered with those decisions – both caretakers and patients — of the options and choices available, in order to provide the best care possible. Proclaiming April 16th as National Healthcare Decisions Day advances this effort, and I am proud of our work toward that end.”
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