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11/06/2019

PCHETA Passes House: Thank Your Congressman

Last week, the PCHETA (Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act (H.R. 647)) was passed with overwhelming bipartisan support in the US House of Representatives.

NHPCO provided the following description of the bill:

The bill, introduced by Congressmen Eliot Engel (D-NY), Tom Reed (R-NY), Yvette Clarke (D-NY), Buddy Carter (R-GA), Frank Pallone (D-NJ) and Greg Walden (R-OR), represents a significant first step towards expanding palliative care access for all Americans. Without the support and resources this bill provides, recent projections indicate that by 2030, there will only be one palliative care physician for every 26,000 seriously ill patients. NHPCO is now asking the Senate to act quickly on this legislation, where a similar measure, S.2080, is currently being sponsored by Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV).

Currently, the Senate bill has 35 cosponsors, including Ohio’s Senator Brown. LeadingAge Ohio encourages members to reach out to their congressional representatives to thank them for the work to get PCHETA to this milestone and to contact the office of Senator Portman, who has yet to co-sponsor the bill. 

LeadingAge Ohio will keep our members posted on the bill’s progress in the Senate.

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