Monday, August 31, 2015
In the State of Florida there is a written document called a “Designation of Health Care Surrogate” that can name a person to make health care decisions for an individual or receive health information on the individual’s behalf. Since the enactment of the Florida Health Care Surrogate Act of 1992 an individual had the recognized right to designate a health care surrogate.
Two key changes to the act are set to go into effect on October 1, 2015. The first change will give a surrogate the ability to act immediately, and the second change will let parents name a health care surrogate for a minor child in the event that they cannot act. It is important to keep in mind that there is a difference between a designation of surrogate and a “living will.” This article provides some of the important details about the new statutory reforms.
See Seth Kaplan, Recent Improvements to the Florida Health Care Surrogate Act, Berger Singerman, Offices, August 26, 2015.