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Leading advocates in advanced illness care convened on Capitol Hill on May 9 to discuss recent progress in advanced illness care and how to address the challenges that lie ahead.

C-TAC was proud to co-sponsor this event, alongside Capital Caring, the American Heart Association, the National Coalition on Health Care and the National Partnership for Hospice Innovation.

Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) delivered remarks during the briefing and explained that lawmakers should be working to ensure that those living with advanced illness receive the treatment they need.

“High-quality, patient-centered care is something we should be able to come together on in this Congress,” said Blumenauer.

Blumenauer, a steadfast supporter of advanced illness care, co-sponsored the Patient Choice and Quality Care of Act of 2017 and co-authored the Personalize Your Care Act 2.0.

The event also included remarks from Malene Davis, president and CEO of Capital Caring, as well as C-TAC Co-Founder and Co-Chair Tom Koutsoumpas.

Koutsoumpas underscored the urgent need to find advanced care solutions, noting that “this is a movement whose time has come.”

Their remarks were followed by a panel discussion that featured the following experts:

  • John Rother, President and CEO, National Coalition on Health Care
  • Keysha Brooks-Coley, Vice President, Federal Advocacy and Strategic Alliances, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network
  • Andrew MacPherson, Senior Policy Advisor, C-TAC
  • Kristen Donheffner, Office of Rep. Earl Blumenauer

Capital Caring hosted the Hospice Comes to Washington reception on May 10, during which C-TAC was honored with the Champion of Care Award. The award recognizes C-TAC’s work “to transform care for all Americans facing advanced illness, especially the sickest and most vulnerable, to ensure they receive comprehensive, high-quality, person- and family-centered care.”

Learn how C-TAC will highlight these issues and other topics related to advanced care during the 2018 National Summit on Advanced Illness Care here.

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