Category Archives: life-sustaining treatment

NDY Files Public Comment on CMS Proposal on Advance Care Planning

NDY’s comment letter can be summarized as follows:  We do not oppose payment to physicians for advance care planning discussions with their patients, but we want the payment regulation delayed until the disability community and others can, with CMS support, develop new advance care planning informational materials that do not rely on “better dead than … Continue reading NDY Files Public Comment on CMS Proposal on Advance Care Planning

Belated Update on Wisconsin Case: ASAN Files Second Amicus Brief for NDY and 13 Other Disability Groups

[This announcement is from the Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) and originally appeared on Feb. 2, 2015.] On Monday January 26, the Autistic Self Advocacy Network, Not Dead Yet, and 13 other disability rights organizations filed a second amicus brief in a case defending the rights of people with disabilities to basic medical care. Disability … Continue reading Belated Update on Wisconsin Case: ASAN Files Second Amicus Brief for NDY and 13 Other Disability Groups

NDY Challenges NYS Medicaid Proposal to Save Money By Steering People to Choose Death Over Living With Disability

Not Dead Yet, the Center for Disability Rights, and 11 other NY based disability organizations, submitted public comments on the New York State Medicaid Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment Program (DSRIP) on May 28, 2014, alleging that one of the proposed projects would fund Medicaid providers to save money by steering people to choose death over … Continue reading NDY Challenges NYS Medicaid Proposal to Save Money By Steering People to Choose Death Over Living With Disability

Second Thoughts Connecticut Negotiates POLST/MOLST Legislation With Consumer Protections We Can Live With

National Healthcare Decisions Day is April 16th.  I hadn’t really expected the Centers for Disease Control to be one of the leading resources for my intro on this topic, but they had quite a bit to say: April 16th is recognized each year as National Healthcare Decisions Day to inspire, educate, and empower the public … Continue reading Second Thoughts Connecticut Negotiates POLST/MOLST Legislation With Consumer Protections We Can Live With

Assisted Suicide Is A Deadly Mix With Our Profit-Driven Healthcare System

In the debate over the public policy of legalizing assisted suicide, proponents of so-called “Death With Dignity” acts often tell personal stories of a loved one’s difficult experiences while dying. When I hear that someone was screaming in pain, my first thought is “malpractice.”  My father died of bone cancer, a very painful type of … Continue reading Assisted Suicide Is A Deadly Mix With Our Profit-Driven Healthcare System