State Laws and Legislation

Virginia Healthcare Laws

Domestic partners are not listed among those who may give consent for an incapacitated partner in Virginia. § 54.1-2986.

An adult may also designate their domestic partner as having the authority to make medical decisions on their behalf. A written advance directive shall be signed by the declarant in the presence of two subscribing witnesses. An oral advance directive shall be made in the presence of the attending physician and two witnesses. § 54.1-2983.

Virginia law requires licensed hospitals to permit adult patients to receive visits from any individual, including a same-sex partner.

Citation: Health Care Decisions Act: Va. Code Ann. §§ 54.1-2981 to 54.1-2993

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Updated: Mon, April 28, 2008 - 11:00:12