Governor Pat Quinn has until August 16th to sign IL Bill 3134 and make a
POLST (Physician Order for Life Sustaining Treatment) Paradigm an Illinois
Advance Health Care Directive. Please copy and paste the letter below onto
your letterhead and fax to the governor at 312-814-5512. Or call his office
at 312-814-2121 and ask him to sign IL 3134 today.
Julie Goldstein MD and a team of tenacious advocates have gotten us this
far. We can change the delivery of palliative care with this bill. Please
Governor Patrick Quinn
100 W. Randolph, 16-100
Chicago, IL. 60601
RE: IL H 3134
Amends the Department of Public Health Powers and Duties Law of the Civil
Administrative Code regarding advance directive information; provides that
the Department of Public Health shall publish the Department of Public
Health Uniform DNR Advance Directive form in Spanish in a form that meets
requirements to nationally be considered a physician orders for
life-sustaining treatment form; provides for consultation with nurses and
emergency medical systems; provides that publication may be limited to the
Dear Governor Quinn,
The above referenced bill is awaiting your signature. When you sign it, all
citizens of Illinois over the age of 18 will be able to exert autonomy over
their lives in a new way: we will be able to have the secure knowledge that
our loved ones and caregivers will know our choices for medical care at the
end of life and that our medical institutions will honor them.
The new IDPH Uniform DNR Advance Directive form will be a standardized
advance directive and a secure document that is completed by a person who is
known to have a terminal illness, a chronic condition that will lead to
cessation of life, is generally frail, or lives in a nursing home. As a
Physician Order for Life Sustaining Treatment (POLST), it is signed by a
doctor after the patient has selected clearly presented treatment choices,
then entered into the patient¹s medical record, and therefore a secure
directive for future medical care.
The Illinois form is modeled after the widely respected and admired POLST
Paradigm Project that was implemented in Oregon 1995 and has now been
endorsed by twelve states, including New York and California. 24 more
stares are currently developing a POLST Paradigm program.
Illinois will be a leader in having a uniform, secure advance health care
directive program that empowers its citizens to establish their own
parameters for care at the end of life. Such a directive will protect
citizens from receiving unwanted medical treatment and allow them to receive
appropriate palliative care and experience a gentle final transition.
We hope you will sign IL H 3134 today.