The following is a list of pending policies and legislation that the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California is currently engaged in or following:
2017 California Assembly Bills
AB 937 – POLST & surrogates
Author: Assembly Member Eggman
Description: This bill provides that the most recent document executed by the individual themselves should control if there is an inconsistency in the expression of treatment preferences. If this bill passes then a person who executes any document (POLST or Advance Directive) that states a treatment preference, but later loses capacity, would be unable to have their updated wishes expressed through a POLST form.
CCCC Position: Opposed
2017 California Senate Bills
SB 294 – Hospices: palliative care
Author: Senator Hernandez
Description:Would authorize a licensed hospice to provide palliative care services and would authorize these services to be provided concurrently with curative treatment to a person who does not have a terminal prognosis or who has not elected to receive hospice services only by licensed and certified hospices.
Status: Senate–In committee–Health
CCCC Position: Co-sponsored with CHAPCA
2017 Federal Bills
H.R. 1676/S. 2748 – Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act (PCHETA)
Author: Engel (D-NY)
Description: Amends the Public Health Service Act to increase the number of permanent faculty in palliative care at accredited allopathic and osteopathic medical schools, nursing schools, social work schools, and other programs, including physician assistant education programs, to promote education and research in palliative care and hospice, and to support the development of faculty careers in academic palliative medicine.
CCCC Position: Support
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