2021 Maine Revised Statutes
TITLE 18-C: PROBATE CODE
Article 5: MAINE UNIFORM GUARDIANSHIP, CONSERVATORSHIP AND PROTECTIVE PROCEEDINGS
Part 8: UNIFORM HEALTH CARE DECISIONS ACT
18-C §5-814. Effect of Part

§5-814. Effect of Part

1.  No presumption concerning intention if no advance health care directive or if revoked.  This Part does not create a presumption concerning the intention of an individual who has not made or who has revoked an advance health care directive.  

[PL 2017, c. 402, Pt. A, §2 (NEW); PL 2019, c. 417, Pt. B, §14 (AFF).]

2.  Death resulting from withholding or withdrawing health care.  Death resulting from the withholding or withdrawal of health care in accordance with this Part does not for any purpose constitute a suicide or homicide or legally impair or invalidate a policy of insurance or an annuity providing a death benefit, notwithstanding any term of the policy or annuity to the contrary.  

[PL 2017, c. 402, Pt. A, §2 (NEW); PL 2019, c. 417, Pt. B, §14 (AFF).]

3.  Prohibited by other statutes.  This Part does not authorize mercy killing, assisted suicide, euthanasia or the provision, withholding or withdrawal of health care to the extent prohibited by other statutes of this State.  

[PL 2017, c. 402, Pt. A, §2 (NEW); PL 2019, c. 417, Pt. B, §14 (AFF).]

4.  Health care contrary to generally accepted health care standards.  This Part does not authorize or require a health care provider or health care institution to provide health care contrary to generally accepted health care standards applicable to the health care provider or health care institution.  

[PL 2017, c. 402, Pt. A, §2 (NEW); PL 2019, c. 417, Pt. B, §14 (AFF).]

5.  Admission to a mental health institution.  This Part does not authorize an agent or surrogate to consent to the admission of an individual to a mental health institution unless the individual's written advance health care directive expressly so provides.  

[PL 2017, c. 402, Pt. A, §2 (NEW); PL 2019, c. 417, Pt. B, §14 (AFF).]

6.  Other statutes governing treatment for mental illness.  This Part does not affect other statutes of this State governing treatment for mental illness of an individual involuntarily committed to a mental health institution.  

[PL 2017, c. 402, Pt. A, §2 (NEW); PL 2019, c. 417, Pt. B, §14 (AFF).]

SECTION HISTORY

PL 2017, c. 402, Pt. A, §2 (NEW). PL 2017, c. 402, Pt. F, §1 (AFF). PL 2019, c. 417, Pt. B, §14 (AFF).

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