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Sen. Rosen Aims to Improve Care for Serious Illness With Introduction of Bipartisan Bills

Co-chairs and co-founders of the Comprehensive Care Caucus, Sen. Jacky Rosen (D-NV), John Barrasso (R-WY), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), and Deb Fischer (R-NE), have introduced two bills that carry promising implications for those living with serious illness and their families. The Expanding Access to Palliative Care Act and the Improving Access to Transfusion Care for Hospice Patients Act of 2021 make up a legislative package that would enhance access to palliative care and reduce barriers in hospice care. This sort of legislative action advances our coalition’s policy agenda and we applaud the senators for working to meet the needs of those living with serious illness.

“The Coalition to Transform Advanced Care (C-TAC) is pleased to support the introduction of the Expanding Access to Palliative Care for Seniors Act. We greatly appreciate the leadership that Senator Rosen continues to provide as we work to ensure that all individuals with serious illness and their families receive care and supports that reflect their needs, values, and care preferences,” said Jon Broyles, Executive Director of C-TAC. “We are gratified that this legislation also addresses a number of the core principles we believe all payment models should address, including support for care coordination, a team-based approach, access to palliative care, community-based services and supports, and a focus on care in the home. C-TAC looks forward to working with Senator Rosen, the bipartisan Comprehensive Care Caucus, the Finance Committee leaders and others who support this important issue.”

For more information on this legislation, read Senator Rosen’s full press release here.

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