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Advance Directives

Advance directives are for members over the age of 18 or those about to turn 18 who are not able to make decisions for themselves.

An advanced directive is a written or spoken statement about how a person wants medical decisions made if he or she can’t make them. Some people make advance directives when they get very sick or are at the end of their lives. Other people make advance directives when they are healthy. A person can change their mind and these documents at any time. We can help explain these documents. They do not change the right to quality healthcare benefits. The only purpose is to let others know what a person wants if he or she can’t speak on their own.

  1. A living will
  2. Healthcare surrogate designation
  3. An anatomical (organ or tissue) donation

Download an advance directive form from

Make sure that someone, like a PCP, lawyer, family member or care manager knows about the advance directive and its location.

If there are any changes in the law about advance directives, the CMS Health Plan will notify people within 90 days. Advance directives are not required.

If a provider is not following an advance directive, please file a complaint with Member Services at 1-866-799-5321 (TTY 1-800-955-8770) or the Agency for Health Care Administration at 1-888-419-3456.