On October 4, the Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) announced the implementation of a statewide program that gives patients the ability to choose medical treatments for end-of-life care called Medical Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (MOLST). The DPH had piloted the MOLST Program for three years in select settings following the adoption of legislation in 2014.

With MOLST, patients can learn the benefits and drawbacks of all treatment options and make their wishes for end-of-life care known in a legally binding medical order. The MOLST Program applies equally to patients who choose to continue treatment and those who choose to decline any or all life-sustaining interventions.

The MOLST Program is available to licensed Connecticut physicians, advanced practice registered nurses and physician assistants who have completed the MOLST training and their eligible patients. More information is available on the DPH website.