For those who are terminally ill, according to Bluestein, moving to another state is an enormous — and potentially impossible — undertaking.
Advocates for S.74 said requiring patients to make requests in person caused unnecessary suffering, as some patients had to drive hours in severe pain to get to their prescribing physicians.
S.74 would alleviate some of the pain and suffering endured by Vermonters who are severely ill and trying to avail themselves of the option of medical aid in dying.
The measure was approved without discussion Tuesday morning and will move to the House.
Advocates say the current waiting periods and in-person requirements make the process unnecessarily onerous for patients at the end of their lives.