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Learn About Palliative Care
The goal of palliative care is to prevent and relieve suffering and to support the best possible quality of life for patients and their families, regardless of the stage of the disease or the need for other therapies. It focuses on relief of the pain, symptoms, and stress of serious illness and on improving communication with patients and families.
Provided by a team of clinicians and specialists who work with the patient’s regular physicians to provide an extra layer of support, palliative care is appropriate at any age and at any stage in a serious illness. It can be provided wherever a patient is seen and can be provided together with curative treatment.
Representative Eliot L. Engel, Representative Tom Reed, and Representative Buddy Carter write to their colleagues to explain why palliative care is essential, how this bill will help, and ask their colleagues to join as co-sponsors.
In the 115th Congress, the coalition is working to gain support for and pass H.R. 1676 & S. 693, the Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act (also referred to as PCHETA).
Dozens of organizations join together in letters to Representatives Engel and Reed (H.R. 1676) and Senator Baldwin (S. 693) expressing support of this important legislation.