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WHEREAS, despite the availability of those advance directives which allow Nevadans to make known their wishes concerning their health care if they are unable to communicate those wishes themselves, many Nevadans are unaware of their availability and do not have the appropriate conversations with their loved ones and health care providers to make known their wishes; and

WHEREAS, the most significant reasons for the failure of more Nevadans to execute advance directives include the lack of awareness of the availability of such directives and considerable confusion about advance health care planning and advance directives; and

WHEREAS, historically there has been a collaborative effort of numerous national, state, and community organizations that are committed to ensuring that all adults with decision-making capacity in the United States have the information and opportunity to communicate and document their health care decisions and to encourage the designation of Healthcare Decisions Day; and

WHEREAS, the National Healthcare Decisions Day initiative is intended to raise public awareness of the need to plan ahead for health care decisions related to end of life care and medical decision-making whenever patients are unable to speak for themselves and to encourage the specific use of advance directives to communicate these important health care decisions; and

WHEREAS, one of the principal goals of designating a Healthcare Decisions Day is to encourage hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, continuing care retirement communities, and hospice facilities to participate in a statewide effort to provide clear and consistent information to the public about advance directives and increase the number of Nevadans who have an advance directive; and

WHEREAS, the Legislature wishes to encourage all Nevadans to have conversations about their wishes concerning their health care and to execute advance directives to make those wishes known, and to ensure that fewer Nevada families and health care providers will have to struggle with making difficult health care decisions in the absence of knowledge of the wishes of the patient; now, therefore,

NOW, THEREFORE, I, STEVE SISOLAK, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF NEVADA, do hereby proclaim the day of April 16, 2021, as

HEALTHCARE DECISIONS DAY

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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of Nevada to be affixed at the State Capitol in Carson City, this 5th day of April, 2021

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