Advance Directives

Advance directives help doctors know what you want

Your provider may ask if you have advance directives. These are instructions about your medical care. They’re used when you can’t say what you want or speak for yourself due to an accident or illness.

You’ll get medical care even if you don’t have advance directives. You have the right to make your own medical decisions. You can refuse care. Advance directives help providers know what you want when you can’t tell them.

Advance directives are important for everyone to have, no matter what your age or health condition is. They let you say what type of end-of-life care you do and don’t want for yourself.

An advance directive is a written or spoken statement about how you want medical decisions made if you can’t make them yourself. Some people make advance directives when they get very sick or are at the end of their lives. Other people make advance directives when they are healthy. You can change your mind and these documents at any time. We can help you understand or get these documents. They do not change your right to quality health care benefits. The only purpose is to let others know what you want if you can’t speak for yourself. 

You can download an Advanced Directives form.

Make sure that someone, like your PCP, lawyer, family member, or case manager knows that you have advance directives and where it is located. If you have advance directives:

  • Keep one copy of your advance directives for yourself
  • Give a copy to the person to whom you give medical power of attorney
  • Give a copy to each one of your providers
  • Take a copy with you if you have to go to the hospital or the emergency room
  • Keep a copy in your car if you have one

If there are any changes in the law about advance directives, we will let you know within 90 days. You don’t have to have an advance directive if you do not want one.

If your provider is not following your advance directive, you can file a complaint with Member Services at:
Medicaid 1-800-441-5501
Comprehensive Long Term Care 1-844-645-7371
Florida Healthy Kids 1-844-528-5815