ESTATES AND PROTECTED INDIVIDUALS CODE (EXCERPT)
Act 386 of 1998
(1) A patient advocate cannot make a medical treatment decision under the authority of or under the process created by this section and sections 5506 to 5511 to withhold or withdraw treatment from a pregnant patient that would result in the pregnant patient's death.
(2) A health care provider shall not require a patient advocate designation to be executed as a condition of providing, withholding, or withdrawing care, custody, or medical or mental health treatment.
(3) A life or health insurer shall not do any of the following because of the execution or implementation of a patient advocate designation or because of the failure or refusal to execute or implement such a designation:
(a) Refuse to provide or continue coverage to the patient.
(b) Limit the amount of coverage available to a patient.
(c) Charge a patient a different rate.
(d) Consider the terms of an existing policy of life or health insurance to have been breached or modified.
(e) Invoke a suicide or intentional death exemption or exclusion in a policy covering the patient.
(4) A patient advocate designation shall not be construed to condone, allow, permit, authorize, or approve suicide or homicide.
(5) Except as provided in subsections (2) and (3), sections 5506 to 5515 only apply to or affect an individual who has executed a patient advocate designation or an individual acting for or on behalf of another individual who has executed a patient advocate designation.
(6) Nothing in sections 5506 to 5515 shall be considered to authorize or compel care, custody, or medical or mental health treatment decisions for a patient who objects on religious grounds.
(7) A designation executed before the effective date of this section with the intent of accomplishing a similar purpose as this section is valid but is subject to section 5506(1) and sections 5507 to 5515; must be in writing, signed, witnessed or notarized, dated, and executed voluntarily; and, before its implementation, must be made part of the patient's medical or, as applicable, mental health treatment record.
History: 1998, Act 386, Eff. Apr. 1, 2000
Am. 2004, Act 532, Imd. Eff. Jan. 3, 2005
Popular Name: EPIC