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Vermont

CURRENT STATUS: ENACTED

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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).

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Our Partner: Patient Choices Vermont

Timeline of Death with Dignity in Vermont

2022

2022

Governor Phil Scott signs S.74, an amendment to the Patient Choice and Control at End of Life Act, effectively increasing access for patients with terminal illness.

2021

2021

The Vermont State Senate introduces S.74, an amendment to expand access to the Patient Choice and Control at End of Life Act.

2016

2016

The Vermont House passes HCR233, a resolution expressing condolences to the Walters family on Dick’s death.

2015

2015

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.

2014

2014

Anne Vachon becomes the first Vermonter to use the new Act 39.

 

2013

2013

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.