Importance of Health Care Proxy

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DO YOU HAVE A HEALTH CARE PROXY???

We are suggesting that all adults have a health care proxy on file (to include dependents still in college).  Case in point that if an adult child (over 18) is injured and incapacitated, medical information will only be provided to individuals that are name as health care agents.  A recent example was of a college student was transported to a health care facility but the facility cannot release information without proper authorization (proxy) even though the college health care center had permission to release information, the healthcare center did not.  The form is simple to fill out. Go on line to get the form from the NYS Department of Health at https://www.health.ny.gov/publications/1430.pdf After you have filled it out make a copies – even an electronic copy so that you can have it at all times with you.