Wisconsin Statutes Health (Ch. 140 to 162) § 155.70. General provisions

(1)(a) The making of a health care decision on behalf of a principal under the principal's power of attorney for health care instrument does not, for any purpose, constitute suicide.  Execution of a power of attorney for health care instrument under this chapter does not, for any purpose, constitute attempted suicide.

(b) Paragraph (a) does not prohibit an insurer from making a determination that a principal has attempted suicide or committed suicide based on the principal's action to do so, apart from the power of attorney for health care instrument.

(2) No individual may be required to execute a power of attorney for health care as a condition for receipt of health care or admission to a health care facility.  The designation by a principal of a health care agent under a power of attorney for health care instrument is not a bar to the receipt of health care or admission to a health care facility.

(3) This chapter does not apply to the provisions of a valid declaration executed under subch. II of ch. 154, except that the provisions of a principal's valid power of attorney for health care instrument supersede any directly conflicting provisions of a valid declaration executed under subch. II of ch. 154 for a declarant who is that principal.

(4)(a) Nothing in this chapter may be construed to render invalid a durable power of attorney that is executed under s. 243.07, 2007 stats ., prior to April 28, 1990.

(b) A health care decision made under the authority of a durable power of attorney specified in par. (a) is valid.

(5) No insurer may refuse to pay for goods or services covered under a principal's insurance policy solely because the decision to use the goods or services was made by the principal's health care agent.

(6) A power of attorney for health care instrument that is in its original form or is a legible photocopy or electronic facsimile copy is presumed to be valid.

(7) Nothing in this chapter may be construed to condone, authorize, approve or permit any affirmative or deliberate act to end life other than the withholding or withdrawing of health care under a power of attorney for health care so as to permit the natural process of dying.  In making health care decisions under a power of attorney for health care, an attempted suicide by the principal may not be construed to indicate a desire of the principal that health care treatment be restricted or inhibited.

(8) Failure to execute a power of attorney for health care document under this chapter creates no presumption about the intent of any individual with regard to his or her health care decisions.

(9) A power of attorney for health care instrument under s. 155.30(1), 1989 stats ., that is executed before, on or after May 14, 1992, and that is not subsequently revoked is governed by the provisions of ch. 155, 1989 stats.

(10) A valid document granting a health care agent authority to make health care decisions for a principal that is executed in another state or jurisdiction in compliance with the law of that state or jurisdiction is valid and enforceable in this state to the extent that the document authorizes the health care agent to make decisions for the principal that a health care agent may make for a principal under this chapter.


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