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Bipartisan Senators Launch New Comprehensive Care Caucus at Capitol Hill Event

A new bipartisan caucus supporting palliative care was launched in the U.S. Senate yesterday during an event on Capitol Hill. The Senate Comprehensive Care Caucus will work to improve the quality, access, and awareness of palliative and coordinated care, and address the many challenges faced by caregivers.

C-TAC applauds the leaders of this caucus: Sen. Jacky Rosen (D-NV), Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY), Sen. Deb Fischer (R-NE), and Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), for their commitment to enhancing palliative care and educating the public about its benefits.

Senator Rosen and Senator Barrasso both delivered remarks during the event, highlighting personal connections to palliative care and underscoring the caucus as an opportunity to work across the aisle.

“This caucus is borne of my own experience and those of my friends, and I am proud to bring that here to the Senate,” Sen. Rosen said.

“There are a lot of things we do in a bipartisan way that don’t make it on the news,” said Sen. Barrasso.

The event also included a panel discussion on palliative care that featured C-TAC Senior Policy Advisor Andrew MacPherson, who explained that palliative care naturally transcends the siloes that characterize most of the healthcare system.

“Palliative care unites us in empathy because we have all experienced some sort of suffering,” MacPherson said. “The approach is inherently focused on alleviated suffering.”

MacPherson was joined during the panel discussion by Clevis Parker, MD, Chief Medical Officer of Nathan Adelson Hospice, Keysha Brooks-Coley, Vice President, Federal Advocacy and Strategic Alliances with the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, and Lori Bishop, Vice President of Palliative and Advanced Care at the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.

C-TAC will continue to work with our legislative champions and looks forward to collaborating with the Senate Comprehensive Care Caucus in support of our mission to ensure that all Americans with advanced illness receive high-quality, person-centered care.

To learn more about our legislative and regulatory efforts, please contact C-TAC Policy & Advocacy Manager Davis Baird at DBaird@theCTAC.org.

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