Updated on September 6th, 2022
The Idaho advance directive form is a document that combines the living will and durable medical power of attorney forms. The living will portion of an advance directive allows an individual (the “principal”) to record instructions for the administration of medical treatments, life-saving procedures, and pain-relieving medication. The power of attorney portion appoints a health care agent who will be authorized to represent the principal in making medical decisions on their behalf if they are unable to communicate. By completing an advance directive, the principal assures that their personal instructions and beliefs regarding end-of-life health care will be respected.
Agent’s Duties – § 39-4504(1)
Laws – Title 39, Chapter 45 (The Medical Consent and Natural Death Act)
Signing Requirements – Not mentioned in state statutes
Statutory Form – §39-4510
Statute – § 39-4502(8)
“Directive,” “advance directive” or “health care directive” means a document that substantially meets the requirements of section 39-4510(1), Idaho Code, or is a “Physician Orders for Scope of Treatment” (POST) form or is another document which represents a competent person’s authentic expression of such person’s wishes concerning his or her health care.
Laws – § 39-4515
A completed advance directive form can be registered with the Health Care Directive Registry by following these steps:
- Download and fill out the Advance Directive Registration Form.
- Attach the registration form to the advance directive form.
- Email the completed documents to “HDR@dhw.Idaho.gov” or mail them to the following address (email is preferred):
450 W State Street, 4th Floor
P.O. Box 83720
Boise, Idaho 83702-0036
Within ten (10) working days, the principal will be mailed a package that includes copies of their original documents, a registration card, and further information about the registry and its benefits.