(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.—
Under regulations prescribed by the Secretary concerned, an advance medical directive prepared by an attorney authorized to provide legal assistance shall contain a statement that sets forth the provisions of subsection (a).
(d) States Not Recognizing Advance Medical Directives.—
(e) Definitions.—In this section: