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The Coalition to Transform Advanced Care looks forward to working with the Biden Administration and members of the 117th Congress to improve the quality of life for people with serious illness and their families, especially those from marginalized communities that have been historically underserved and overlooked.

As a non-partisan organization representing a broad range of stakeholders, we believe there will be numerous policy opportunities to address the needs of this population and their paid and unpaid caregivers and providers. We are committed to working with the incoming Administration and congressional leadership to improve care delivery, payment, and the availability of services and supports. We are also calling on the Biden Administration to work toward healing the division and polarization in our nation so that we can come together to face COVID-19, as well as long-standing racial and economic injustices.
 
We are proud of our advocacy and the bipartisan strides made in recent years to improve the lives of those living with serious illness, including the development of new alternative payment models, additional support for services to address non-medical social needs, increased recognition of the value of advance care planning, and the expansion of more flexible telehealth and virtual care delivery structures. In collaboration with our members and partners, C-TAC will build on this progress while pursuing new opportunities for advocacy in these and other policy areas that impact the seriously-ill. C-TAC will be highlighting policy priority areas and developing a plan of action for the Biden transition team and congressional leadership to ensure these issues are given appropriate attention in 2021 and beyond. 
 
Given our aging society and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic’s disproportionate impact on the seriously ill, more must be done at the federal policy level to address this population’s unique needs and preferences. We need to:

  • Find ways to better reimburse the home and community-based care that works best for those with serious illness
  • Boost training and education opportunities so that there is a sufficient workforce capable of meeting the rising demand for this type of care
  • Greater investment in systems of support outside of the traditional healthcare sector
  • Enact policies that are targeted to alleviating systemic inequities and holding those in power accountable when they fail to do so. 

While it is too soon to know with certainty which specific policies a Biden Administration will pursue initially, C-TAC has been encouraged by a number of his campaign proposals that have the potential to improve the lives of the seriously-ill. As just one example, the $775 billion plan to expand access to caregiving supports and bolster home-and-community-based services (HCBS) infrastructure is a bold statement that aligns closely with C-TAC’s focus on strengthening the care continuum by helping communities connect essential resources with those who need them most.
 
“C-TAC looks forward to forging new relationships with those in the incoming Biden administration and Congress,” says C-TAC Executive Director Jon Broyles. “As we work toward building a healthcare system that works for everyone, it is essential that we come together to find innovative solutions that meet the needs of the sickest and most vulnerable among us, with particular attention to low-income, traditionally underserved individuals.”
 
C-TAC remains dedicated to putting equity at the center of our work and advocating for policies that allow for the delivery of critical services and resources at the community level. Our commitment to the moonshot goal is unwavering. Together, we can ensure a high quality of life for 12 million people with serious illness by 2030. We hope that you’ll join us as we keep the momentum going.
 
For more information about C-TAC’s legislative and regulatory efforts, please contact Policy & Advocacy Manager Davis Baird at dbaird@thectac.org.

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