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Advance Directives

Planning Your Living Will

An advance directive (also known as a living will) is a way to make sure that your wishes are known. It is an unpleasant thought, but what if you became too sick to tell the doctor what you want your care to be?  Creating a living will allows you to communicate your wishes and make medical decisions in advance of care.

You can also name someone, known as a Medical Power of Attorney, to make those choices if you cannot.

Creating Your Living Will

Health Net Medicare Advantage for Oregon and Washington recommends all of our plan members take the time to create a living will, designate a power of attorney and provide their advance directive to their primary care physician.  Just remember, your living will is separate from Appointing a Representative or giving someone permission to share your health information and it will not replace these documents.

To learn more about creating your advance directive, please log in to the Health Net Health Portal website > go to Library > search for "Advance Directive".  (Please note, by clicking on this link, you will be leaving the Health Net Medicare Advantage for Oregon and Washington website.

Once you have completed your advance directive, ask your doctor to put the form in your file. You can also talk to your doctor about the decision making process of creating your living will or advance directive. Together, you can make decisions that will set your mind at ease.

If you should ever need or want to, you can change your advance directive at any time. You should make sure others know you have an advance directive. If you choose to designate a Medical Power of Attorney. That person should be made aware of your advance directive or living will as well.

If you have signed an advance directive, and you believe that a doctor or hospital did not follow the instructions in it, you may file a complaint with your local Office for Civil Rights. 

Office of Civil Rights 
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
90 7th Street, Suite 4-100
San Francisco, CA 94103

The telephone number is 1-800-368-1019 (TDD: 1-800-537-7697)

For more information on an Advance Directive, please refer to Chapter 8 of your Health Net Medicare Advantage for Oregon and Washington Evidence of Coverage  or you can call Member Services at 1-888-802-7001 (TTY: 711). From October 1 to February 14, you can call us 7 days a week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. From February 15 to September 30, you can call us Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.


For more information on an Advance Directive, please refer to Chapter 8 of your Evidence of Coverage or call Member Services. We are here to help!