Advance Directives and Other Legal Documents

All states have laws that allow individuals to make future health care treatment decisions, in the event we are unable to make or communicate our own decisions later. This enables our family and doctors to understand the type of medical care we want or do not want. State laws also allow us to appoint a person to make future health care treatment decisions for us if we are unable to make them for ourselves. The documents related to these laws are called "advance directives."

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Blue Cross® Blue Shield® of Arizona (BCBSAZ) is committed to complying with these state laws and with the federal law regarding the distribution of advance directive information to our members upon enrollment. We cannot refuse care or discriminate against you based on whether or not you have completed an advance directive. We educate our staff about advance directive rights and procedures and offer community education on these rights. BCBSAZ documents whether or not members have advance directives in a prominent part of their current medical records. Learn more in Chapter 8, "Your rights and responsibilities," in your plan Evidence of Coverage (EOC).