While no one ever wants to hear that their child has been injured or struck by a serious illness while away at college, worse still is being unable to get any information about your child’s situation. Due to privacy laws (and the fact that your child is – technically – an adult), the only way you’ll be able to gain access to your child’s medical information is to have a signed Advance Healthcare Directive in place.
An Advance Healthcare Directive executed by the college student can give the parents authority in an emergency situation. It also includes a medical power of attorney that allows the student to appoint another person to access his or her health care records and make medical decisions on his or her behalf. Completing an Advance Health Care Directive will provide parents and students with the assurance that if an emergency occurs, the parents will be allowed to do what they do best–act on their child’s behalf and in his or her best interest.
For more information, please contact MJW EA & Company LLC.