State Laws and Legislation

Rhode Island Healthcare Laws

Rhode Island law does not permit a partner to make medical decision on behalf of a same-sex partner in the absence of an advance directive.

An adult in Rhode Island may designate his or domestic partner as able to make health care decisions on his or her behalf by executing a health care power of attorney. The power of attorney must be signed and either witnessed by two individuals or notarized. § 23-4.10-2. 

Citation: Health Care Power of Attorney: R.I. Gen. Laws §§ 23-4.10-1 to 23-4.10-12

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Last Updated: 4/30/2008 

Updated: Tue, April 29, 2008 - 11:00:51