Maryland Advance Directive: Planning for a Future Health Care Decision

A Maryland law called the Health Care Decisions Act says that you can do health care planning through “advance directives.”  An advance directive can be used to name a health care agent.  This is someone you trust to make health care decisions for you.  An advance directive can also be used to say what your preferences are about treatments that might be used to sustain your live.  The State offers a form to do this planning, included with this pamphlet.  The pamphlet has three parts: Part I, Selection of Health Care Agent; Part II, Treatment Preferences (“Living Will”); and Part III, Signature and
Witnesses.

To download the form, click on the following link: https://www.marylandattorneygeneral.gov/Health%20Policy%20Documents/adirective.pdf

Keep important medical information on your iphone in case of emergency

Medical ID for iphone* helps first responders access your critical medical information from the Lock screen, without needing your passcode. They can see information like allergies and medical conditions as well as who to contact in case of an emergency.  To access Medical ID, tap on the heart icon on your phone.  For instructions on how to use Medical ID, click on the following link:  https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT207021

*Preinstalled on all iphone versions beginning with iphone 8

Have Medicare but need help paying for healthcare?

You may be able to get help from your state to pay some of your Medicare costs, including your monthly premiums. In some cases, Medicare Savings Programs may also help pay your deductibles, coinsurance, and copayments if you meet certain conditions.  To learn more about your state’s programs, click on the following link:  https://www.medicare.gov/your-medicare-costs/get-help-paying-costs/medicare-savings-programs?utm_campaign=20200630_bdp_msp_nmsp_v1&utm_content=english&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery