2017 Legislative Session Updates

It’s been another busy legislative year for us so far, with bills of interest moving forward in both the Assembly and the Senate. An important part of our work at CCCC is to track and take action on legislation that impacts the space of palliative care, hospice, or advance care planning. To keep up with […]


J. Redwing Keyssar on taking palliative care mainstream

Palliative care by the people, for the people: A call for a new grassroots movement By J. Redwing Keyssar, RN, author of Midwife to the Dying, and Director of Palliative Care at the Jewish Family/Children’s Services in San Francisco. Keyssar is speaking at the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California 9th Annual Palliative Care Summit on […]


Nov. 14 is a day of action in support of the Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act (PCHETA)

Coalition for Compassionate Care of California (CCCC) is joining with other palliative care leaders in a final year-end push to move the federal Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act forward in the legislative process (PCHETA, HR 3119). If passed, PCHETA would: Expand the availability of palliative care services to patients by educating the […]


PCHETA: Federal legislation in support of palliative care

The Coalition for Compassionate Care of California is been an active participant in the federal Patient Quality of Life Coalition (PQLC), which has been working to educate federal legislators about the importance of palliative care and encourages support for legislation that provides patients greater access to palliative care services. The PQLC’s focus for 2016 is […]


California Children’s Services: Hearing set for June 28 on CCS Redesign Bill

The Assembly Committee on Health has scheduled a hearing on Senate Bill 586, which addresses the future of the California Children’s Services (CCS) program and the state’s proposed plans to move some children covered by CCS into managed care. Advocacy groups recently proposed revised language for the bill, which was introduced in February 2015. The […]


Action Alert: Urge Gov. Brown to sign AB 637

Good news! AB 637 (Campos) passed out of the Senate with a vote of 36 to 2. This bill will allow California nurse practitioners and physician assistants acting under the supervision of a physician, and within their scope of practice, to sign a POLST form. The Governor has 14 days after the bill reaches his […]


CCCC submits recommendations to Medi-Cal regarding implementation of SB 1004

Despite growing recognition of the value and cost-effectiveness of palliative care services, there continues to be significant disparities in how palliative care is defined, delivered and evaluated—not just in California, but across the nation. Through the implementation of SB 1004, California’s Medi-Cal system has a unique opportunity to serve as a leader in the creation […]


Action Alert: Support letters needed for SB 637 and SB 19

Ensure end-of-life wishes are honored for all Californians The Coalition for Compassionate Care of California is sponsoring AB 637 (Campos) and SB 19 (Wolk)—two bills key to making sure Californians’ treatment wishes are honored. With your support, we can move these bills forward when they are heard in committee. Act now, and let your voices […]


Webinar | Feb. 11, 2015 | How Public Policy is Shaping Palliative Care

Never before has interest in palliative care been so great! Even public policy makers are jumping onto the band wagon. There’s a lot in the works, including new statutes, pending legislation and regulations. Tune in to “The Changing Landscape” for an in-depth look at bills and regulations impacting palliative care in California, and find out what […]


January 2015: California policy update on palliative care and POLST

Proposed legislation: CCCC sponsoring POLST registry legislation On December 1, 2014, California Senator Lois Wolk introduced Senate Bill 19, a bill that would require the California Health and Human Services Agency to establish and operate a statewide registry system, to be known as the California POLST Registry, for the purpose of increasing access to completed […]