You may not know it, but New York has passed specific health care laws to protect patient privacy. There are also laws on the books about remaining on life support and how New York residents can plan and handle their deaths. Things like durable power of attorney and living wills are dealt with. Plus New York law protects patient privacy, especially when it comes to what doctors and hospitals can share about you. Below you will find state-specific health care laws on a number of topics -- including methods for declaring your wishes regarding life-prolonging medical procedures and laws on access to medical records.