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Hawaii

CURRENT STATUS: ENACTED

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Hawai’i’s Our Care, Our Choice Act passed in 2018.

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Our Partner: Hawai’i Death with Dignity Society

Timeline of Death with Dignity in Hawai’i

2021

2021

Lawmakers introduce SB839, a bill seeking to remove certain barriers to access

The amendment would reduce the waiting period from 20 days to 15 and authorize attending providers to waive the 15-day period if a patient is imminently dying. Further, it would have permitted advance-practice nurses and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners to participate in the patient qualification process. 

Hawai’i’s unique geography and limited number of physicians have proven to be a barrier for patient access. The bill moved successfully through the Senate and then stalled.

2019

2019

Hawai’i is the 7th U.S. jurisdiction to enact a death with dignity statute. The Our Care, Our Choice Act goes into effect on January 1.

2018

2018

Our Care Our Choice Act passes in Hawai’i