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Control Over Health Care Decisions

Legal Information

  • Are Your Legal Affairs in Order?

    Putting your legal affairs in order is important for a number of reasons. Some of the more important issues that Iowans, and especially older Iowans, should consider involve powers of attorney, living wills, and estate and Medicaid planning. Read More

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    Legal Hotline for Older Iowans
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    Bosnian / Bosanski
  • Consumer's tool kit for health care advance planning

    Here are worksheets to help you make good advance planning health decisions Content Detail

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    American Bar Association
  • Do Not Resuscistate (DNR) Orders: What Are They and What's New?

    People often worry about being revived when they are terminally ill and dying. Being revived can be painful and unwanted. If you are or become terminally ill, you should know about ?Do-Not-Resuscitate? or ?DNR? Orders. Read More

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    Legal Hotline for Older Iowans
  • "Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care Decisions" Form

    A form you can print out and use to prepare your own Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care Decisions or "Medical Power of Attorney." Content Detail

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    Legal Hotline for Older Iowans
  • Getting Emergency Medical Care

    Hospitals must treat you - even if you don’t have insurance - when you have an emergency condition or are a woman in active labor. Hospitals must treat your medical emergency until you become stable. The hospital may bill you later, but it cannot turn you away from emergency care. Read More

  • Getting the Health Care Services You Need

    Has your insurance company, Medicare or Medicaid denied you help? You don't have to take no for an answer. Read More

  • "Living Will" Form

    A form you can print out and use to prepare your own Declaration Relating to Use of Life-Sustaining Procedures or "Living Will." Content Detail

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    Legal Hotline for Older Iowans
  • Substitute Decision-Making

    Competent individuals have the right to make all sorts of decisions about their lives. Examples are the right to decide about getting health care, and what kind of care to get. What does it mean to be competent and who makes decisions for someone who is not competent? Read More

  • What is a "Durable Health Care Power of Attorney?"

    A Durable Health Care Power of Attorney is a legal document. It authorizes a person to be your agent to make decisions about your health care if you are not able to make decisions for yourself. Read More

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    Legal Hotline for Older Iowans
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    Bosnian / Bosanski
  • What Is a Living Will?

    A living will is a written document authorizing health care providers to withhold or withdraw life sustaining procedures in certain cases. A life-sustaining procedure is any medical procedure, treatment or intervention which utilizes mechanical or artificial means to sustain, restore, or supplant a spontaneous vital function, and which serves only to prolong the dying process. Read More

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    Legal Hotline for Older Iowans
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    Bosnian / Bosanski
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