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The American Medical Association To Examine Its Opposition To Physician-Assisted Suicide

BY DANIEL GAITAN | daniel@lifemattersmedia.org Amid a national debate regarding the risks and benefits of physician-assisted suicide, the American Medical Association will examine its decades-long opposition to the controversial practice. A recommendation that the nation’s largest physicians organization maintain its opposition to assisted-suicide was rejected Monday, with delegates at the annual Chicago meeting instead voting […]

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Maine House Blocks ‘Death With Dignity’ Bill

Maine lawmakers reject bill that would have allowed physician-assisted suicide LIFE MATTERS MEDIA STAFF Maine lawmakers have rejected a “Death with Dignity” bill that would have allowed physician-assisted suicide, The Associated Press reports. According to The Press Herald, Statehouse legislators blocked the bill in an 85-61 vote on Tuesday. The controversial bill narrowly passed the state […]

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Death With Dignity Director Speaks With Life Matters Media

Talks legalization, Canada and politics BY DANIEL GAITAN  daniel@lifemattersmedia.org OREGON – Death with Dignity executive director Peg Sandeen credits growing acceptance of physician-assisted suicide to the aging population and increased awareness about the controversial practice. Support for physician-assisted suicide is proliferating in state legislatures across the nation; proponents contend the practice enhances patient freedom at the end of life […]

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Iowa GOP Rep. Works To Prevent Reimbursement Of End Of Life Talks: Calls Policy “Life-Devaluing”

Proposed legislation would prohibit Medicare from covering advance care planning services. Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, introduced H.R. 3251 in response to a sweeping policy change from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to pay doctors for end of life counseling in 2016. The policy change follows recommendations from the American Medical Association to make advance care planning services a separately payable […]

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Six Years After ‘Death Panels’ Debate, Medicare To Pay For End Of Life Talks

Medicare plans to reimburse physicians for counseling patients about their end of life care options. The unexpected change comes nearly six years after similar proposals were dropped from President Obama’s health reform law and inaccurately compared to “death panels” by some conservative politicians, most notably former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. The policy change, effective January 1, is […]

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