Getting Started with an Advance Care Plan

Imagine you are in an accident or have a sudden illness that leaves you unable to communicate. Your loved one or caregiver is faced with a difficult decision about whether to continue life-saving measures. How does that person know what to do? It may be difficult to think about these scenarios, but it is even more difficult for a loved one to make decisions on your behalf if you have not discussed or documented your wishes. A growing number of Americans say they know how important it is to do this, but many don't know how to get started.

You have access to resources that can help you start thinking about how to document your wishes. One source that is being offered, on a pilot basis, is MyDirectives advance care planning for AARP Medicare Supplement Plan members insured by UnitedHealthcare. This tool is available at no additional cost to you, as an insured plan holder, and supports individuals in naming a health care advocate and creating an advance care plan.

While you will want to give some thought to who you want to name, it only takes a few minutes to name your healthcare advocate(s). You can always come back later and complete the rest of the plan if you need more time to think about it.

No. You can take your time. You can do as much or as little at a time as you like. You can always go back and fill in any missing information during the pilot period. If you do not finish, you can resume at any time by logging in, clicking on the appropriate link on the My Dashboard page, and picking up where you left off. Your information is saved in your account whenever you hit the Save and Continue button at the bottom of each screen.

No. As an AARP Medicare Supplement Insurance plan member, the service is being made available to you at no additional cost.

First, click the “Need Help?” button at the right top of the page.  This will open a Help section with answers to frequently asked questions relating to topics on that page. If you're having trouble with terms, click the "Glossary" link at the bottom of any page.  If you need more assistance, talk to your legal advisor.  

What am I getting with MyDirectives advance care planning for AARP Medicare Supplement members insured by UnitedHealthcare?

How My Advance Care Plan Works

Security, Accessibility, and Legality

Choosing a Healthcare Advocate