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  • Summary date: Apr 26 2023 - View Summary

    Includes whereas clauses. Directs the NC Institute of Medicine to study legalizing "medical aid in dying" (MAID). The study will include evaluation of the 11 states that have legalized MAID, including the processes required of patients to apply for and get approved to use MAID, contributing factors for patients to seek the use of MAID, patient demographics, social and emotional impacts on family members, types of MAID medications, opt-out options for physicians, current NC options for end of life care, MAID legislation since Oregon's 1997 Death with Dignity Act, estimation of NC individuals who would use MAID, evidence of coercion, effect on healthcare operations, impact on awareness of hospice and palliative care as an alternative, motivations to use the MAID program but not opt to take the life-ending medication, and other topics as appropriate.

    Directs the NC Institute of Medicine to hold a public meeting prior to submitting the study report with prior 15 days notice. All interested individuals will be heard at the meeting. By April 1, 2025, the NC Institute of Medicine will provide its report, including any proposed legislation, to the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Health and Human Services and the Department of Health and Human Services.

    Effective July 1, 2023, appropriates $150,000 in nonrecurring funds for fiscal year 2023-24 from the General Fund to the Department of Health and Human Services for the funding of the NC Institute of Medicine study.