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U.S. Senate Unanimously Passes Key Advanced Illness Legislation

Last night, members of the United States Senate voted in unanimous support of two pieces of bipartisan legislation crucial to C-TAC’s mission to deliver high quality, person-centered care to all Americans living with advanced illness: The Creating High-Quality Results and Outcomes Necessary to Improve Chronic (CHRONIC) Care Act of 2017 and the RAISE Family Caregivers Act. Both bills will now move on to the House of Representatives.

The CHRONIC Care Act contains several provisions that ensure Medicare beneficiaries living with advanced illness receive the highest quality care, including:

  • Extending the Independence at Home demonstration program for two years, which provides home-based primary care services and advance care planning to frail elders in the home setting
  • Commissioning the GAO to conduct a study on the establishment of a payment code for a visit for longitudinal comprehensive care planning services
 The RAISE Act directs the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) to develop, maintain, and keep updated a National Family Caregiving Strategy that will provide resources and educational opportunities to family caregivers across the nation. HHS will consult with a new Family Caregiving Advisory Council in developing the National Family Caregiving Strategy.

Both bills advance C-TAC’s mission by providing greater support to Medicare beneficiaries receiving care in the home and family caregivers caring for loved ones living with advanced illness, and we applaud the efforts of the U.S. Senate champions of both pieces of legislation as well as the key stakeholder groups who fought for their passage.

As ACA repeal efforts have stalled for the time being, it is imperative that our champions on Capitol Hill continue to move forward legislation that will empower America’s advanced illness population. Last night’s victories demonstrate important progress and C-TAC will continue to rally support for both bills in the House.

Click here for more information on the CHRONIC Care Act and here for more information on the RAISE Act.

For more information about C-TAC policy and advocacy activities, please contact Andrew MacPherson at AMacPherson@thectac.org or C-TAC’s Communications and Policy Coordinator Ziya Smallens at ZSmallens@TheCTAC.org.

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