The 115th Congress is busy! Nomination hearings of all stripes, healthcare reform debates, espionage investigations, and legislation being introduced! Today, we’re excited about legislation.
You may remember that the Medicare Patient Access to Hospice Act (H.R. 1284) was reintroduced earlier this month. Last week, the Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act (S. 693/ H.R. 1676) was reintroduced in both the Senate and House yesterday! Senators Baldwin (D-WI) and Capito (R-WV) introduced the bill in the Senate, and Congressman Engel (D, NY-16) reintroduced the legislation in the House, with Representatives Reed (R, NY-23) and Carter (GA-1) joining as original cosponsors. NHPCO is proud to support this legislation.
PCHETA will ensure that an adequate, well-trained palliative care workforce is available for individuals with serious illness and at the end of life. Among other initiatives, this legislation will:
- fund programs to provide clinical palliative medicine training in a variety of settings, including hospice;
- establish a program to enable hospice and palliative physicians to train teams of interdisciplinary healthcare professionals in palliative and hospice care techniques; and
- expand the types of professionals trained to provide hospice care, including nurses and clinical social workers.
Here’s the part where you come in. Ask your Senators and Representative to cosponsor this important biparitsan legislation. We have developed an email for you to send, but we highly encourage you to make personalized edits–have you seen the shortage of palliative care providers first hand? Do you have a story about the benefits palliative care provided a patient? These edits raise the importance of your message on Capitol Hill. All you have to do to get started is click the “Take Action” button below!