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2013 Senate Bill 165: Require disclosure of medical futility policies

Public Act 57 of 2013

  1. Introduced by Sen. Jim Marleau (R) on February 7, 2013, to require a hospital, health facility or agency that maintains a written policy that encourages or allows a health care professional to withhold or discontinue treatment on the grounds of "medical futility," and applies this policy to the treatment of minors, to provide a copy of the policy to the patient, parent or legal guardian upon request.
    • Referred to the Senate Health Policy Committee on February 7, 2013.
      • Reported in the Senate on March 19, 2013, with the recommendation that the substitute (S-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the Senate on March 21, 2013, to not limit the proposed disclosure requirements to policies for minors. The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on March 21, 2013.
  2. Passed 36 to 0 in the Senate on April 9, 2013, to require a hospital, health facility or agency that maintains a written policy that encourages or allows a health care professional to withhold or discontinue treatment on the grounds of "medical futility" to provide a copy of the policy to the patient or resident upon request.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the House on April 9, 2013.
    • Referred to the House Health Policy Committee on April 9, 2013.
      • Reported in the House on May 14, 2013, with the recommendation that the substitute (H-2) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the House on May 21, 2013. The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on May 21, 2013.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Gail Haines (R) on May 21, 2013, to clarify the application of the proposal to patients who are children. The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on May 21, 2013.
  4. Passed 108 to 0 in the House on May 22, 2013, to require a hospital, health facility or agency that maintains a written policy that encourages or allows a health care professional to withhold or discontinue treatment on the grounds of "medical futility" to provide a copy of the policy to the patient or resident upon request.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  5. Received in the Senate on May 23, 2013.
  6. Passed 36 to 0 in the Senate on May 29, 2013, to concur with the House-passed version of the bill.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  7. Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on June 11, 2013.

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