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Virginia Rejects Texas Futility Law and Opts to Further Study Legislation on Life-Sustaining Treatment Conflicts

Last month, the Virginia Joint Commission on Health Care decided not to move forward on specific proposals to amend the state Health Care Decisions Act.  

If enacted, the VJCHC proposals would have made Virginia law similar to Texas law, by authorizing hospitals to refuse family-requested life-sustaining medical treatment after an intramural process and waiting period.

Instead, the commission voted to “include in the 2017 JCHC work plan that staff form a work group to study health care decisions more broadly, focused on preventing/improving outcomes of treatment decision conflict in Virginia, and report back to the JCHC in 2017.”

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