It is necessary for college-aged children to grant a parent a healthcare power of attorney. State law declares a person an adult once they reach age 18. Your son or daughter may depend on you for major life decisions, health insurance, and health care expenses. So, can you imagine receiving news that your child has been in an accident or seriously ill, traveling to the hospital in your child’s college town only to be told they cannot tell you anything? That is the result under current HIPAA laws– parents of an adult child have no right to information, let alone authority with regard to treatment options. So let’s talk about closing that gap between when your child is an adult for purposes of the law but not for purposes of life, health or safety. It’s easy, inexpensive, and accomplished with a single document.