What is an Iowa Medical Power of Attorney?
The individual giving control is called the "principal," and the individual or organization obtaining authority is known as the "agent." Suited for Iowa residents, this Power of Attorney for health care can be used in Polk County, Linn County, Scott County, and in every other county in the state. All Iowa Healthcare PoA forms from Rocket Lawyer can be fully customized to address your particular situation. With this document on hand, your agent(s) will be able to offer proof to medical facilities and other parties that they can legally act in your interest when you are not able.
When to use an Iowa Medical Power of Attorney:
- You're healthy, but want to have everything legally in place just in case.
- There's a certain someone who you want as your healthcare decision maker if you're ever incapacitated.
DURABLE POWER OF ATTORNEY FOR HEALTH CARE
. DESIGNATION OF AGENT. I, , hereby designate:
|Relation, if any:|
as my Attorney-in-Fact (my Agent) and give to my Agent the power to make health care decisions for me.
NOTICE: Do not name an Attorney-in-Fact without his or her permission. The Attorney-in-Fact may NOT be your Health Care Professional or Provider attending you on the date you sign this instrument, or an employee of such Health Care Professional or Provider. The Attorney-in-Fact does not need to be a lawyer.
. GENERAL STATEMENT OF AUTHORITY GRANTED. This power exists only when I am unable, in the judgment of my attending physician, to make health care decisions for myself. The Attorney-in-Fact must act consistently with my desires as stated in this document or otherwise made known.
Except as otherwise specified in this document, this document gives my Agent the power, where otherwise consistent with the law of the State of Iowa, to consent to my physician not giving health care or stopping health care which is necessary to keep me alive,
This document gives my Agent power to make health care decisions on my behalf, including to consent, to refuse to consent, or to withdraw consent to the provision of any care, treatment, service, or procedure to maintain, diagnose, or treat a physical or mental condition. This power is subject to any statement of my desires and any limitations included in this document. My agent has the right to examine my medical records and to consent to disclosure of such records.
I hereby revoke all prior Durable Powers of Attorney for Health Care.
. AUTHORIZATION FOR RELEASE OF PROTECTED HEALTH INFORMATION TO NOMINATED HEALTH CARE ATTORNEY-IN-FACT. Pursuant to the terms of this Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care, I authorize any physician, health care professional, dentist, health plan, health plan provider, hospital, clinic, laboratory, pharmacy, or other covered health care provider, and insurance company and the Medical Information Bureau (MIB) Group, Inc., or other health care clearinghouse that has provided treatment or services to me, or that has paid for or is seeking payment from me for such services, to give, disclose, and release to the person or persons designated in this document to act as my Agent such of my individually identifiable health information and medical records regarding any past, present or future medical or mental health condition
(including all specially protected health information relating to each of the following conditions specifically authorized by me to be disclosed by marking the box with an "X" or a check mark:
☐ sexually transmitted diseases, acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV);
☐ behavioral and mental health; and
☐ alcohol, drug, or other substance abuse)
relating to my ability to make health care decisions. The purpose of this request is to assist in determining whether the person designated as my Agent should act as my Agent. This authorization expires when I die or when revoked by me by a written revocation signed by me and delivered to the entity from which information is being requested prior to the time information is being requested.
I understand I can revoke this authorization by delivering a written statement of revocation to any entity I have authorized to give, disclose and release information. The revocation is effective only as to those entities to whom the written statement revocation is given, and only after time of delivery. I also understand that I have the right to inspect the disclosed information at any time. My treatment, payment, enrollment or eligibility for benefits with an entity that I have authorized to release information is not conditional on my signing this authorization. I know that once the information I have authorized to be released is released, it is subject to redisclosure by the recipient and is no longer protected by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 and regulations promulgated pursuant thereto, as amended from time to time ("HIPAA").
. AUTHORITY TO ACT AS PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE. In addition to the other powers granted by this Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care, I grant to my Agent the power and authority to serve as my personal representative for all purposes under HIPAA during any time that my Agent is exercising authority under this document.
Pursuant to HIPAA, I specifically authorize my Agent to request, receive and review any information regarding my physical or mental health, including without limitation all HIPAA-protected health information, medical and hospital records; to execute on my behalf any authorizations, releases, or other documents that may be required in order to obtain this information and to consent to the disclosure of this information. I further authorize my Agent to execute on my behalf any documents necessary or desirable to implement the health care decisions that my Agent is authorized to make under this Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care.
SECOND ALTERNATE AGENT
. GENERAL PROVISIONS.
1. HOLD HARMLESS. All persons or entities who in good faith endeavor to carry out the terms and provisions of this document shall not be liable to me, my estate, my heirs or assigns for any damages or claims arising because of their action or inaction based on this document, and my estate shall defend and indemnify them.
2. SEVERABILITY. If any provision of this document is held to be invalid, such invalidity shall not affect the other provisions which can be given effect without the invalid provision, and to this end the directions in this document are severable.
3. STATEMENT OF INTENTIONS. It is my intent that this document be legally binding and effective. If the law does not recognize this document as legally binding and effective, it is my intent that this document be taken as a formal statement of my desire concerning the method by which any health care decisions should be made on my behalf during any period in which I am unable to make such decisions.
SIGNATURE MUST BE EITHER NOTARIZED OR WITNESSED
BY TWO PERSONS.
I have read and understand the contents of this document and the effect of this grant of powers to my Agent. I am emotionally and mentally competent to make this declaration.
Signed on _____ day of _______________, _____.
Iowa Medical Power of Attorney FAQs
How can I get an Iowa Medical Power of Attorney template online?
It's quick and easy to grant or obtain the authority you may need with a free Iowa Medical Power of Attorney template from Rocket Lawyer:
- Make the document - Answer a few simple questions and we will do the rest
- Send or share - Review the document with your agent or ask a legal question
- Sign it - Optional or not, witnesses/notarization are a best practice
This route is often notably less expensive than working with your average law firm. If necessary, you can prepare this Medical PoA on behalf of an elderly parent, a spouse, or another relative, and then have that person sign it after you've drafted it. Keep in mind that for a Power of Attorney to be legally valid, the principal must be mentally competent at the time of signing. If the principal is already incapacitated and unable to make their own decisions, a conservatorship may be required. When managing such a situation, it would be important to connect with a lawyer .
Do I need to have a Power of Attorney for healthcare in Iowa?
Every person over 18 ought to have a Medical Power of Attorney. While it is painful to acknowledge, a time may come when you are not able to make medical decisions on your own. Here are a few common situations in which power of attorney would be helpful:
- You are planning for an upcoming medical procedure or a hospitalization
- You are aging or dealing with ongoing health issues
- You have been given a terminal diagnosis
- You are planning to move into a care facility
Whether this Iowa Medical Power of Attorney is being drafted as part of a forward-looking plan or created as a result of an unexpected issue, witnesses and notarization can often help to protect your document if a third party doubts its lawfulness.
Is there a difference between an Iowa Healthcare Proxy and an Iowa Medical Power of Attorney?
At times, in discussing the topics of estate planning or elder care with legal or healthcare professionals, you might hear "healthcare power of attorney", "medical power of attorney" and "healthcare proxy" used interchangeably. At the end of the day, they are the same. That said, please keep in mind that it is absolutely possible to give power of attorney over matters that aren't health-related, in which case, "proxy" generally is not the term of choice.
Should I work with a lawyer for my Iowa Medical PoA?
Iowa Medical PoA forms are typically simple; however, you might have questions. Depending on whom you approach, some lawyers won't even accept requests to review your document if they weren't the person who wrote it. A better approach would be to request help from the Rocket Lawyer On Call® network. If you sign up for a Premium membership, you will be able to ask for advice from an Rocket Lawyer network attorney with relevant experience or ask other questions about your Medical Power of Attorney. As always, we'll be here to support you.
How much might I traditionally pay for an attorney to help me get a Power of Attorney form for health care in Iowa?
The cost of hiring a lawyer to make a Medical Power of Attorney might add up to anywhere from two hundred to five hundred dollars, based on your location. Rocket Lawyer can offer much more protection than many other Power of Attorney template providers that you might come across. As a Rocket Lawyer member, you can get up to a 40% discount when hiring an attorney.
What are my next steps after drafting an Iowa Medical Power of Attorney?
As a Rocket Lawyer member, you can make edits, download it as a Word document or PDF file, and/or print it out. In order to finalize your Power of Attorney, it needs to be signed. Your agent(s), care providers, and other impacted parties should receive copies of the final document.
Does a Medical Power of Attorney need to be notarized, witnessed, or recorded in Iowa?
The specifications and restrictions governing PoA forms vary by state; however, in Iowa, your document will need the signatures of two witnesses and a notary public. The witnesses to your PoA form shouldn't be your healthcare provider or their employees. Only one of the witnesses may be a relative (including your spouse or any adopted children). As a basic standard, your witness(es) must not be under 18 years old, and none of them should also be your PoA agent.
See Iowa Medical/Healthcare Power of Attorney law: Chapter 144B