Advanced Health Care Directive
An advanced health care directive is often referred to as a living will or health care power of attorney. Such a document allows you to designate a person or persons to make health care decisions for you in the event you are no longer able to make such decisions for yourself. This document also specifies how you wish to be treated in the event of a terminal illness, unrelenting coma or persistent vegetative state.
An advanced health care directive can also help your loved ones to obtain information about your health care situation in the event you become ill and unable to care for yourself. Without an advanced health care directive, your loved ones may be unable to obtain medical information about you from your doctors or hospital. This is because of new federal legislation commonly known as HIPPA.
What Is HIPPA?
Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), is designed to protect your medical privacy. Unfortunately, it can also prevent your spouse, children, or appointed agents from accessing any information on your health care condition. The trustees of your trust or agents under your Power of Attorney for Health Care may find it difficult to access the information they need to prove your incapacity in order to take over your financial decisions or health care decisions because of HIPPA. Additionally, once someone is serving as your agent, they might have trouble getting the information necessary to process your health insurance or Medicare claims.
To avoid these problems, you must have your Power of Attorney or Advance Health Care Directive updated to include the “HIPAA Release” information. This will allow your family members and/or trustees and agents to obtain the necessary information on your health care condition, and to take over your finances in the event you are unable to do so yourself. Call us now for your free initial telephone evaluation and learn how we can help you gain the peace of mind you deserve for this very important document.