Governor J.B. Pritzker has signed a bill into law that gets rid of the requirement for a witness for terminal patients to sign an end-of-life care form called a POLST form.
The law removes the requirement of having a witness signature on a POLST form, which allows medical professionals to adhere to a patient’s wishes. Representative David Friess, R-Red Bud said that witnesses are needed to help patients understand that they are making the correct decision regarding their care.
Ellen Byrne of the Illinois Hospice and Palliative Care Organization said that patients not deemed competent by medical professionals will not get to sign the form without extra precautions.
After being signed and approved by Governor Pritzker, SB109 goes into effect on January 1, 2022.