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.

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.

You may also consult our Advanced Directive Policies.

Additional Information

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