AZELO Newsletter



May 1, 2023


This Issue's Contents

  • Post-Legislative Push: Entering the 'Slow' Season with Ongoing Initiatives
  • MAID in the News
  • National Healthcare Decisions Day in Tucson a Big Success
  • Donate for Dignity

Post-Legislative Push: Entering
the 'Slow' Season with Ongoing Initiatives
by Mark Savan, 
Executive Director

As the days get longer and the temperatures get warmer, AZELO moves into what may look like a “slow” season.  Our 2023 legislative push has passed and many of our supporters depart Arizona to their summer residences, but we have several ongoing initiatives that we believe will help set us up for future success.  Read More...



MAID News in the US

Washington State passed an improved law for Medical Aid in Dying. ESSB 5179, which will come into effect mid-summer, allows for the following changes in its original law:

1.  Expanded number of medical providers who can write prescriptions for MAID including Physicians Assistants and Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners.

2.  A shortened waiting period from 15 days to 7 days after the first order of request is made.

3.  Expanded prescription order choices: mail, courier, and authorized pick up.  Read More...



The Vermont Legislature has voted to remove the residency requirement from Act 39, the Patient Choice at End of Life law, which has made MAID legal in Vermont since 2013.  The amendment is on Governor Phil Scott’s desk awaiting his signature.  Read More... 


From the Arizona Daily Star on April 27, 2023: "Dying patients protest looming telehealth crackdown"

This AP article describes a 93-year old New Jersey woman who wanted to access MAID (legal in her state since 2019) but was bedbound and too sick to travel.   She was able to obtain her prescription from a doctor as the result of a telemedicine visit but this access may end soon.  Read More...


National Healthcare Decisions Day in Tucson

A Big Success

By Mary Ganapol, Southern Arizona Lead

Thanks to all who attended the first “Before I Die” event in Tucson April 16th at the Loft Cinema.  Considering we were talking about end-of-life decisions, a good time was had by all.  It was free and open to the public yet raised almost $400 in donations to AZELO.  Our national partners helped make this a success:  Death with Dignity sponsored the event covering expenses and Compassion and Choices did an excellent presentation about advance directives for dementia.  Read More...





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