An advance directive gives written instructions about your future medical care in case something happens to you and you are unable to tell someone your medical wishes.

For the state of Washington, this written instruction takes the form of two documents: a Health Care Directive (also known as a Living Will) and a Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care.

You have certain rights about advance directives:

  • The right to make your own decisions about your medical care.
  • The right to accept or refuse surgical or medical treatment.
  • The right to have an advance directive.
  • The right to cancel an advance directive at any time.

Advance Directives Policy and Procedure

Anyone who asks for a copy of the Community HealthFirst Advance Directives policy and procedure will be given a copy. You do not have to be a member to see the policy and procedure. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the PDF documents on this website. Download Adobe Acrobat Reader for free.

You can also ask for the Advance Directives policy and procedure by calling our customer service team 8 a.m.- 8 p.m., seven days a week at 1-800-944-1247 (TTY Relay: 7-1-1).  You may also email our customer service team at

If You Have Complaints About Advance Directives

If you think that Community HealthFirst or its providers, contractors, vendors, or business associates are not following the rules for advance directives, you may file a grievance.

For information about filing a grievance, see the Evidence of Coverage that was mailed to you or visit our Resource Library.

Additional Information

More information, resources, and forms about your advance directive rights are on the Washington State Medical Association Advance Directives Q & A page.