2019 Alaska Statutes
Title 13. Decedents' Estates, Guardianships, Transfers, Trusts, and Health Care Decisions
Chapter 52. Health Care Decisions Act
Sec. 13.52.120. Effect of this chapter.

Universal Citation: AK Stat § 13.52.120 (2019)

(a) In the absence of evidence to the contrary of the patient's intent, this chapter establishes a presumption in favor of life, consistent with the best interest of the patient.

(b) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, death resulting from the withholding or withdrawal of cardiopulmonary resuscitation or other life-sustaining procedures does not, for any purpose, constitute a suicide or homicide if the withholding or withdrawal is

(1) consistent with this chapter; and

(2) from an individual

(A) for whom a do not resuscitate order has not been issued;

(B) for whom a do not resuscitate order has been issued under

(i) the protocol for do not resuscitate orders established under AS 13.52.065; or

(ii) a do not resuscitate identification found on the individual.

(c) The issuance of a do not resuscitate order under this chapter, the possession of do not resuscitate identification under this chapter, or the making of a health care directive under this chapter does not affect in any manner the sale, procurement, or issuance of a policy of life insurance, and does not modify the terms of an existing policy of life insurance. A policy of life insurance is not legally impaired or invalidated in any manner by the withholding or withdrawal of life-sustaining procedures from an insured individual or the withholding or withdrawal of cardiopulmonary resuscitation from an individual who possesses do not resuscitate identification or for whom a do not resuscitate order has been issued, notwithstanding any term of the policy to the contrary.

(d) This chapter does not authorize mercy killing, assisted suicide, or euthanasia.

(e) This chapter does not authorize or require a health care provider or institution to provide health care contrary to generally accepted health care standards applicable to the health care provider or institution.

(f) This chapter does not authorize an agent or a surrogate to consent to the admission of an individual to a mental health facility unless the individual's written advance health care directive expressly so provides, and the period of admission may not exceed 17 days.

(g) This chapter does not affect other statutes of this state governing treatment for mental illness of an individual involuntarily committed to a mental health facility.

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