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The Vermont Patient Choice and Control at End of Life Act, or Act 39, has been in effect since May 20, 2013.
Vermont’s Patient Choice and Control at the End of Life Act is the result of a 10-year partnership between Death with Dignity and Patient Choices Vermont (founded by Dick and Ginny Walters).
Our Partner: Patient Choices Vermont
Governor Phil Scott signs S.190, an amendment to remove Vermont’s residency requirement to the Patient Choice and Control at End of Life Act into law on May 2, 2023. This law takes effect immediately.
Amendment passes to increase access for patients with terminal illness
Governor Phil Scott signs S.74, an amendment to the Patient Choice and Control at End of Life Act into law on April 27, 2022. This amendment:
The Vermont State Senate introduces S.74, an amendment to expand access to the Patient Choice and Control at End of Life Act.
The Vermont House passes HCR233, a resolution expressing condolences to the Walters family on Dick’s death.
Governor Peter Shumlin signs S108, removing the sunset clause exactly two years after signing Act 39 into law.
On October 16, Dick Walters dies using the very law for which he advocated.
Anne Vachon becomes the first Vermonter to use the new Act 39.
Governor signs Patient Choice and Control End of Life Act
Vermont becomes the third state to enact a Death with Dignity law, and the first to do so by legislative action.