Committee Reports

Report in Support of the Surrogate Decision-Making Improvement Acts


The Committees on Health Law and Bioethical Issues expressed support for a package of seven bills, Surrogate Decision-Making Improvement Acts, which would effect a series of modest changes to improve, coordinate and clarify New York’s surrogate decision-making rules, including the Family Health Care Decisions Act (FHCDA). According to the report, the changes proposed in the Acts will achieve valuable improvements in the rules governing decision-making for incapable patients and reflect an understanding that experience is revealing the need for corrections and improvements in the FHCDA, as well as in New York’s several other surrogate decision-making laws.


S.7151/A.9647S.7152/A.9548S.7153/A.9671S.7154/A.9566-AS.7155/A.9670S.7156/A.9648S.7157/A.9549 – collectively, the Surrogate Decision Making Improvement Acts (NYS 2014)