California has taken steps to increase the number of organ donors in the State. On January 1, 2019, A.B. 3211 went into effect. The new law makes three changes to California’s Advanced Health Directive (AHCD) law, which clarify patients’ rights regarding organ donation.
Organ donation is now the default choice.
The new law simplifies the choice to donate organs and/or tissue by making the choice all inclusive. Donation is now the default, and if a person wishes not to donate, they must say so. Instead of separate questions, the new form has just one choice for those electing to donate. The new language says that upon death, organs, tissue, and parts can be donated for transplantation, therapy, research and education. Individuals can specify exceptions or cross out any of the choices in the general donation clause. (more…)