Advance Directives & Durable Power of Attorney

Be Prepared with Advance Directives & Durable Powers of Attorney

Your health plan is like a trusted friend. It is there for you through thick and thin. We will doeverything we can to keep you healthy. But if you get sick or hurt, we want to honor your wishes.
Therefore, we want to share with our members the importance of advance directives and durable powers of attorney. These legal documents let you say how you want to be treated and who you choose to speak for you if you cannot speak for yourself in an emergency. We want you to have control over the care you receive if you are unable to communicate for yourself during an illness.

These documents should be included in your medical records. We encourage you to talk with your
primary care provider and family members about your health care choices, should you become ill.
You and your primary care provider can complete paperwork that ensures you will receive care according to your wishes. To obtain these forms, visit the Washington State Medical Association’s website at and click on patient resources, or call 800-552-0612 for a free copy. Once completed, please provide a copy to your provider for inclusion in your medical record.

Note:  WSMA will be updating its brochure, “Who Will Decide If You Can’t?,” which contains both health care directive and durable power of attorney for health care forms, to ensure it is in compliance with Senate Bill 5635, which takes effect on Jan. 1, 2017 and affects only the durable power of attorney for health care form.

Back to top