A durable power of attorney does not grant your agent (the “attorney-in-fact”) the ability to make health care decisions for you should you become incapacitated. The right to make health care decisions is granted in a separate document known in New York as a “Health Care Proxy.”
You may appoint the same person as your agent under both a durable power of attorney and a New York health care proxy. However, you must execute two separate documents to do this. To plan for future incapacity, you should execute both a durable power of attorney, living will and a health care proxy.
Provisions in the power of attorney regarding health care billing and payment matters allow the agent access to health care records in accordance with HIPAA requirements.
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