10 U.S. Code § 1044c - Advance medical directives of members and dependents: requirement for recognition by States
Advance medical directives of members and dependents: requirement for recognition by States
(a)Instruments To Be Given Legal Effect Without Regard to State Law.—An advance medical directive executed by a person eligible for legal assistance—
is exempt from any requirement of form, substance, formality, or recording that is provided for advance medical directives under the laws of a State; and
shall be given the same legal effect as an advance medical directive prepared and executed in accordance with the laws of the State concerned.
(b)Advance Medical Directives.—For purposes of this section, an advance medical directive is any written declaration that—
sets forth directions regarding the provision, withdrawal, or withholding of life-prolonging procedures, including hydration and sustenance, for the declarant whenever the declarant has a terminal physical condition or is in a persistent vegetative state; or
(c)Statement To Be Included.—
(d)States Not Recognizing Advance Medical Directives.—
(e)Definitions.—In this section:
Effective Date of 1996 Amendment
“Section 1044c of title 10, United States Code, shall take effect on the date of the enactment of this Act [Feb. 10, 1996] and shall apply to advance medical directives referred to in that section that are executed before, on, or after that date.”
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