Sending Office: Honorable Eliot L. Engel
265 Bipartisan Cosponsors–Passed on Suspension in the 115th Congress
50 National Organizations in Support: American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, American Heart Association, Catholic Health Association of the United States, Alzheimer’s Association, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, National Coalition for
Hospice and Palliative Care, St. Baldrick’s Foundation, Susan G. Komen, Alzheimer’s Impact Movement, American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, American Academy of Family Physician Assistants, American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer, American
Geriatrics Society, American Psychological Association, American Psychological Oncology Society, American Society of Clinical Oncology, Association of Oncology Social Work, Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses, Association of Professional Chaplains,
Cambia Health Solutions, Cancer Support Community, Children’s National Health System, Colorectal Cancer Alliance, Compassus, Courageous Parents Network, ElevatingHOME |Visiting Nurses Association of America, The Gary and Mary West Health, HealthCare Chaplaincy
Network, Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association, Lung Cancer Alliance, National Alliance for Caregiving, National Association for Home Care & Hospice, National Association of Social Workers, National Brain Tumor Society, National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship,
National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, National Palliative Care Research Center, National Patient Advocate Foundation, National POLST Paradigm, Oncology Nursing Society, Pediatric Palliative Care Coalition, Physician Assistants in Hospice and Palliative
Medicine, Prevent Cancer Foundation, ResolutionCare Network, Social Work Hospice & Palliative Care Network, Society of Palliative Care Pharmacists, Supportive Care Coalition and Trinity Health
Most of us have known a loved one who has faced a serious or life-threatening illness, and can attest to the confusion and stress such situations entail.
As the population of individuals with serious illnesses or complex chronic conditions grows, the need for specialized care grows with it. We must ensure that patients and their families can access the supportive services they require and that there is an
adequate, appropriately trained health care workforce to provide those services.
Palliative care is interdisciplinary, patient- and family-centered health care for people with serious illnesses. It focuses on providing relief from the symptoms, pain, and stress of a serious illness, whatever the diagnosis. Its goal is to relieve suffering
and improve quality of life for both patients and their families. Palliative care entails support from a team of doctors, nurses, social workers, physician assistants, chaplains, and other specialists who provide an extra layer of support, including assistance
with difficult medical decision making and coordination of care across multiple settings. Palliative care is appropriate at any age and at any stage in a serious illness.
A growing body of medical research has documented the benefits of high-quality palliative and hospice care for patients and families, for hospitals and payers, and for the health care system as a whole. Palliative and hospice services have been associated
with an enhanced quality of life for patients, reduced hospital expenditures and lengths of stay, and other positive outcomes – including higher survival rates.
Delivery of high-quality palliative and hospice care cannot take place without a sufficient number of health care professionals with appropriate training and skills. To ensure an adequate, well-trained palliative care workforce is available, the Palliative
Care and Hospice Education and Training Act focuses on three key areas:
1. Workforce Training: Ensure we have education centers, curricula, and teachers to expand interdisciplinary training in palliative and hospice care and establish programs to attract and retain providers.
2. Education and Awareness: Provide for a national campaign to inform patients, families and health professionals about the benefits of palliative care and the services that are available to support patients with serious or life-threatening
3. Enhanced Research: Direct NIH to use existing authorities and funds to expand palliative care research to advance clinical practice and improve care delivery for patients with serious or life-threatening illness.
Please join us in affording patients and families facing serious or life-threatening illnesses greater access to the palliative care and hospice services that will enhance their quality of life. For additional information or to become a cosponsor, please
contact Sahil Chaudhary (S.Chaudhary@mail.house.gov) with Congressman Engel’s staff or Logan Hoover (Logan.Hoover@mail.house.gov) with Congressman Reed’s staff.
Eliot L. Engel Tom Reed
Member of Congress Member of Congress
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