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Assisted Suicide

Providing another, at their request, with the means of committing suicide. Usually, this is the context of providing drugs to a terminally ill person.

Comfort Care

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryMedical care intended to provide relief from pain and discomfort, such as pain control drugs. (See also: palliative care)

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Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA)

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryA federal law that enables employees and their families to continue health care coverage under an employers group health plan even after they experience an event -- such as a layoff, termination, cut in...

Controlled Substance

A "controlled substance" means a drug, substance, or immediate precursor defined by State and Federal Controlled Substances Act. The Uniform Controlled Substances Act was drafted to maintain uniformity between the laws of the several states and those...

intermittent leave

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryLeave taken under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) in separate blocks of time rather than all at once. For example, an employee with chronic asthma may occasionally need a day or afternoon off when...

Mercy Killing

A mercy killing is the intentional ending of life of a person who is suffering from a terminal, painful illness. The term–also called “right to die”–is most often used to describe voluntary euthanasia, though it is also used in...

palliative care

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryMedical care designed to keep a patient comfortable and pain-free while also providing psychological and spiritual support. Rather than focusing on curing an illness, palliative care emphasizes quality of...

Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryBans a procedure called a partial-birth abortion, used for ending pregnancy. Whether an abortion meets this definition has to do with the method used by the doctor and not with viability of the fetus or...

Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010

The health care reform legislation (Pub. L. 111-148, Mar. 23, 2010, 124 Stat. 119; Short title, see 42 U.S.C. 18001 note), under review by the U.S. Supreme Court. See the Health Care Cases micro-site.

physician-assisted suicide

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionarySee: assisted suicide

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