Vital Decisions and Aetna Better Health Team Up to Support Members and Families Facing Advanced Illness and End-of-Life Care Decisions

EDISON, N.J., Oct. 13, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Vital Decisions today announced a collaboration with Aetna Better Health of Virginia to extend support for seriously ill individuals and their families. The organizations will provide a telehealth program to engage health plan members in discussions about their care preferences and goals as they endure an advanced illness.

For over a decade, Vital Decisions’ clinical specialists have helped people explore, define, document and communicate their care wishes to loved ones and healthcare providers.  The result: individuals and their families feel empowered, informed and in control of their care decisions, leading to improved health outcomes, reduced stress for all parties involved and a higher quality of life experience.

“Our goal at Aetna Better Health of Virginia is to best serve our members at every stage of their lives, and to do so with compassion in trying times for individuals and their families,” said

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Resources for end-of-life planning, from wills to emergency health plans

The pandemic has prompted people of all ages to consider wills and emergency health plans.

At a minimum, lawyers recommend New Yorkers complete a health care proxy and consider a power of attorney, which, respectively, allow others to steer their treatment and finances, if necessary.

Here are few resources for end-of-life planning.

Definitions and documents

When and why

Consider and codify your preferences when you’re healthy because documents cannot be finalized if there are questions about your ability to understand what you’re signing, said Maria Hunter, director of the public benefits unit at New York Legal Assistance Group, which provides free financial planning and legal assistance to low-income New Yorkers.

Be aware that if your wishes do not match the state’s framework, you will want to draft your own plans. Working with an attorney becomes more important when your preferences are “jumping the line,” according to Erika Verrill, attorney for

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