State Laws and Legislation

Utah Healthcare Laws

Under Utah law, a partner may make medical decisions for an incapacitated same-sex partner as someone who "has exhibited special care and concern for the patient, is familiar with the patient's personal values; and is reasonably available to act as a surrogate". § 75-2a-108. However, several others (spouse, children, parents, siblings, grandparent, grandchildren) have priority ahead of the same-sex partner,

An adult may designate his or her domestic partner as having the authority to make medical decisions on their behalf. An advance health care directive may be oral or written and must be witnessed by a disinterested individual. § 75-2a-107.

Citation: Advance Health Care Directive Act: Utah Code Ann. §§ 75-2a-101 to 75-2a-124

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Updated: Mon, April 28, 2008 - 11:00:34