Advance Directives for our WA members

What is an advance directive?

An advance directive is a form you fill out and sign. It helps make sure you get the medical care you want if you are ever so sick or injured that you can’t speak for yourself. It also states who you want to make healthcare decisions for you.

Some of the decisions you’ll make include what kind of healthcare you do or do not want if:

 You lose consciousness

 You can no longer make healthcare decisions

 You cannot tell your doctor or family what kind of care you want for any other reason

 You want to be an organ donor

 You want someone else to decide about your healthcare if you can’t

There are two kinds of advance directives:

 Living will – Tells what kind of treatments you would want, and what treatments you wouldn’t want

 Durable power of attorney – Names a person of your choice to make decisions for you

You have a right to an advance directive, and we’re here to help.


How can I create one?

 Call Member Services at 833-731-2167 (TTY 711) for more information on advance directives.

 Get an advance directive from your Primary Care Provider (PCP).

 Go to the Caring Info website to find your state-specific advance directive. Choose the link to download your state-specific Advance Directive. Then scroll down to view the links for each state.

Once I have the form(s), what do I do?

 Review your options and rights. Take your time. Think about it. Talk it over with your doctor and loved ones.

 Fill out and sign your advance directive.

 Give your signed advance directive to your PCP and other people you trust to have it when needed. You can change your advance directive later if you want.


Making your wishes known now will help ensure you’ll get the kind of care you need in the future.


Visit our member handbook to learn more about advance directives.