Connecticut MOLST Law Now In Effect
Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy signed into law on June 2017 a Senate bill that adopts the Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH)’s Medical Orders For Life-Sustaining Treatment (MOLST) Law. Connecticut’s MOLST law was developed from the National Physicians Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST). MOLST are medical orders from a physician, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant who has discussed end of life care with the patient.
MOLST medical orders stay with the patient and direct other healthcare providers of the orders of treatment the patient wishes to receive, whether in a hospital, nursing facility, or while receiving home care. MOLST forms are for both adults and children who are at the end of a life limiting illness or in an advanced state of frailty who have preferences about their care.
If you or a loved one is in this stage of life, it may be worthwhile to discuss your options with a healthcare provider.