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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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Eric Friedman
(212) 382-6754
Kathryn Inman
212-382-6656

Statement from the New York City Bar Urging Senators Sampson and Skelos to Help Steer the Family Health Care Decisions Act to Passage

New York, February 22, 2010 – The New York City Bar urges Senators Sampson and Skelos to help steer the Family Health Care Decisions Act to final passage. The bill is out of committee and on its first calendar reading. The City Bar has long supported the bill, which passed with a near-unanimous vote in the Assembly earlier this year and with a unanimous vote in the Senate in July 2009.

The Family Health Care Decisions Act is a comprehensive, thoughtful and balanced approach to health care decision-making for patients who are incapacitated and have not established a proxy. New York is one of only two states today that have no provisions for patients who are incapacitated and have not left advance directives for care. This means that families must often go to court to establish the patient’s wishes and receive decision-making power—a heavy burden to both the family and the court system.

This needed humanitarian law would balance family decision-making with several safeguard provisions, providing for the best interests of the patients and families. Given the strong and clear bipartisan support for this bill, the City Bar strongly urges the Senate to bring the Family Health Care Decisions Act to a vote and pass this important legislation.

Read the City Bar’s letter to Senators Sampson and Skelos here.

Read the City Bar’s report on the Family Health Care Decisions Act here.

About the Association

The New York City Bar Association (www.nycbar.org) was founded in 1870, and since then has been dedicated to maintaining the high ethical standards of the profession, promoting reform of the law, and providing service to the profession and the public. The Association continues to work for political, legal and social reform, while implementing innovative means to help the disadvantaged. Protecting the public’s welfare remains one of the Association’s highest priorities.