Congressional Activity Reflects Strong Interest in Palliative Care

A series of bicameral and bipartisan actions in Congress in recent weeks has signalled strong support for the expansion and strengthening of palliative care in the United States. As the population ages and more people live longer with greater disability and disease, policymakers are increasingly motivated to build out the palliative care infrastructure so that…

Bipartisan Senate Bills Promote Community-Based Palliative Care & Hospice Transfusion Demonstrations

Late on July 29, U.S. Senators Jacky Rosen (D-NV) John Barrasso (R-WY), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), and Deb Fischer (R-NE) – co-chairs and co-founders of the Senate Comprehensive Care Caucus – announced the introduction of the bipartisan Expanding Access to Palliative Care Act (S. 2565). Senators Rosen, Barrasso, and Baldwin also announced the introduction of their bipartisan…

Senate Unanimously Passes Bill to Provide Respite Care

Another victory for NAHC advocacy The United States Senate has unanimously passed the bipartisan Lifespan Respite Care Reauthorization Act of 2019, which would authorize $10 million annually for the Lifespan Respite Care program from fiscal year 2020 through fiscal year 2024. Now this bill will have to be reconciled with the House-passed bill or go…

Bipartisan Group of Senators Pledge to Advance Palliative Care

A bipartisan group of lawmakers have launched a new caucus focusing on the furthering of palliative care. Officially titled the Comprehensive Care Caucus, the group is Co-chaired by Senators Jacky Rosen (D-NV), John Barrasso (R-WY), Deb Fischer (R-NE), and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI). In announcing their caucus, the Senators plan to “raise awareness and work towards…

Bipartisan Legislation to Grow the Palliative Care Workforce Introduced in Congress

NAHC advocacy effort succeeds Please support this important legislation NOW! It takes only a few seconds On Wednesday, July 10, 2019, U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) introduced the Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act (PCHETA), a bipartisan reform to grow, improve and sustain the palliative care and hospice…

Senate Committee Approves Opioid Package with Hospice Disposal Authority

On Tuesday, April 24, the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee held a markup on S. 2680, the Opioid Crisis Response Act. This comprehensive legislative package takes many different angles to combat the opioid addiction crisis affecting people nationwide. Notable to the hospice industry was the inclusion of a provision allowing hospice providers…