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- Alaska Statutes.
- Title 13. Decedents' Estates, Guardianships, Transfers, and Trusts.
- Chapter 52. Health Care Decisions Act
- Section 120. Effect of This Chapter.
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AS 13.52.120. Effect of This Chapter.
- (a) In the absence of evidence to the contrary of the patient's intent, this chapter establishes a presumption in favor of
life, consistent with the best interest of the patient.
- (b) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, death resulting from the withholding or withdrawal of cardiopulmonary
resuscitation or other life-sustaining procedures does not, for any purpose, constitute a suicide or homicide if the
withholding or withdrawal is
- (1) consistent with this chapter; and
- (2) from an individual
- (A) for whom a do not resuscitate order has not been issued;
- (B) for whom a do not resuscitate order has been issued under
- (i) the protocol for do not resuscitate orders established under AS 13.52.065; or
- (ii) a do not resuscitate identification found on the individual.
- (c) The issuance of a do not resuscitate order under this chapter, the possession of do not resuscitate identification
under this chapter, or the making of a health care directive under this chapter does not affect in any manner the sale,
procurement, or issuance of a policy of life insurance, and does not modify the terms of an existing policy of life
insurance. A policy of life insurance is not legally impaired or invalidated in any manner by the withholding or
withdrawal of life-sustaining procedures from an insured individual or the withholding or withdrawal of cardiopulmonary
resuscitation from an individual who possesses do not resuscitate identification or for whom a do not resuscitate order
has been issued, notwithstanding any term of the policy to the contrary.
- (d) This chapter does not authorize mercy killing, assisted suicide, or euthanasia.
- (e) This chapter does not authorize or require a health care provider or institution to provide health care contrary to
generally accepted health care standards applicable to the health care provider or institution.
- (f) This chapter does not authorize an agent or a surrogate to consent to the admission of an individual to a mental
health facility unless the individual's written advance health care directive expressly so provides, and the period of
admission may not exceed 17 days.
- (g) This chapter does not affect other statutes of this state governing treatment for mental illness of an individual
involuntarily committed to a mental health facility.
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