Health Care

Medical aid-in-dying bills move forward in states

20 have considered enacting new laws or revising current statutes on the issue.
FILE – The Vermont State House stands on Feb. 14, 2023, in Montpelier, Vt. Vermont on Tuesday, May 2, became the first state in the country to change its medically assisted suicide law to allow terminally ill people from out of state to take advantage of it to end their lives. Republican Gov. Phil Scott signed the bill that removes the residency requirement for the decades-old law. (AP Photo/Lisa Rathke, File)

Several states are considering allowing people with terminal illnesses to end their lives through legally administered medication, after previous efforts have fallen short.

The Nevada Senate passed a bill, while supporters expect legislation in New York and Massachusetts to gain traction later this year. This week, Vermont became the first state to change its law by removing a residency requirement, allowing terminally ill people from out of state to use medical assistance to end their lives.

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