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Statement by C-TAC Co-Chairs Tom Koutsoumpas and Bill Novelli on the Introduction of the Landmark, Bipartisan Care Planning Act of 2015

June 10, 2015

Statement by C-TAC Co-Chairs Tom Koutsoumpas and Bill Novelli on the Introduction of the Landmark, Bipartisan Care Planning Act of 2015

Washington, DC—Today, Senator Mark Warner (D-Va.) and Senator Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) introduced the landmark Care Planning Act of 2015 with strong bipartisan support. This critical legislation will ensure that individuals with advanced illness receive the support they need to make informed decisions about treatment and aims to ensure that their care is high-quality, comprehensive, and person-centered.

“Senator Warner and Senator Isakson have long been pioneers in improving advanced illness care and this bill is an important step to ensure that all Americans with advanced illness have access to high-quality, person-centered care that is consistent with their goals,” said Tom Koutsoumpas, Co-Chair of C-TAC’s Board of Directors.

The Care Planning Act of 2015 aligns with C-TAC’s mission and vision and takes an important step forward in addressing key issues and barriers to the proper communication and documentation of care choices and preferences. The bill includes provisions to authorize voluntary advance care planning through Medicare and Medicaid, tests advanced illness care coordination services, increases public awareness of advance care planning, addresses advance directive portability, and supports studies to help develop enhanced standards of care. Additionally, the bill provides important training for families and caregivers and recognizes their important role in care delivery.

“At the heart of this legislation is the promise that delivery of care will be consistent with one’s goals, values, and wishes when a person faces advanced illness. This bill provides a critical opportunity to improve the lives of millions of Americans,” said Bill Novelli, Co-Chair of C-TAC’s Board of Directors.

C-TAC is a non-profit, non-partisan coalition comprised of over 120 national organizations including patient and consumer advocacy groups, health care professionals and providers, private sector stakeholders, faith-based organizations, and health care payers that share a common vision of improving advanced illness care for all Americans. The Coalition works to ensure that all those with advanced illness, especially the sickest and most vulnerable, receive comprehensive, high-quality, person- and family-centered care that is consistent with their goals and values and honors their dignity.

Click to access the one pager and the section by section analysis of the legislation.

C-TAC is a national, non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C. and is funded by grants and the support of members. Visit http://www.thectac.org for a list of C-TAC’s 120+ members, the C-TAC action plan, and more information on the organization. Follow@CTACorg on Twitter and tweet at us under the @CTACOrg. 

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