Posted on: June 15, 2016
Written by: Coalition for Compassionate Care of California
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 HR 3119/ S 2748, the Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act (PCHETA), which would:
- Expand the availability of palliative care services to patients by educating the public and providers about palliative care,
- Expand the federal research investment in palliative care, and
- Expand workforce training and development opportunities to increase the number of doctors, nurses, social workers and other health professionals trained in palliative care.
In an effort to keep the PCHETA bill moving forward and to generate additional cosponsors, PQLC members and their advocates participated in a successful Virtual Lobby Day on April 27, 2016. An in-person lobby day in Washington, D.C., is planned for June 22, 2016.
The PCHETA legislation has gathered bipartisan support in both the House and Senate, but additional cosponsors are still needed. Learn more about the effort and how you can help via the PQLC Action Center.