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Rep. Blumenauer Conducts Stakeholder Roundtable on Serious Illness

Earlier today, Representative Earl Blumenauer (D-OR-3rd) convened a group of advocates, including C-TAC representatives, to discuss serious illness care in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Rep. Blumenauer has a long record as a leader for issues around serious illness, palliative care, hospice, and end of life care. The roundtable considered a wide range of issues while…

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Senators Rosen, Murkowski Get Creative to Promote Palliative Care

Last week, U.S. Senators Jacky Rosen (D-NV) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) announced the introduction of their Provider Training in Palliative Care Act. This bipartisan legislation would allow members of the National Health Service Corps to defer their service for up to a year to do additional training in palliative care. This bill is an example of the…

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C-TAC Member Spotlight: Chaplaincy Innovation Lab

The Chaplaincy Innovation Lab was launched in 2018 to bring chaplains, theological educators, clinical educators and social  scientists into conversation about the work of chaplaincy and spiritual  care. As religious and spiritual life continues to change, the CIL sparks practical innovations that enable chaplains to nurture the spirits of  those they serve and reduce human…

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How a New Federal Medicaid Program May Expand Access to Care for Serious Illness

Our team of policy experts is closely monitoring new developments of the Senate reconciliation bill under consideration. As pieces of legislation make their way through Congress, we have identified multiple components that align with our 2021 Policy Agenda. Most recently, budget reconciliation set to be considered in the House Energy and Commerce committee seeks to…

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C-TAC Member Spotlight: Roots & Roads Community Hospice Foundation

Roots & Roads Community Hospice Foundation (formerly Casa de la Luz Foundation) was established in 2000 to transform the end-of-life experience into the final act of living well for those on hospice care in our community.  For the past 21 years, we have provided financial support to patients and families, end-of-life education to the community…

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Respecting Choices Executive Medical Director on ACP and Person-Centered Care

By: Carole Montgomery, MD, FHM, MHSA – Executive Medical Director, Respecting Choices Person-centered decisions are those that know and honor individuals’ goals, values, and preferences for healthcare. The very essence of ACP is to help prepare people for making future healthcare decisions. High quality ACP provides an experience that supports people as they explore and…

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Trailblazing a Path to Quality Care: Harm Reduction Plays Pivotal Role in Supportive Palliative Care Program

By: Sabreen Huq, C-TAC Partnerships and Programs Intern As a key component of our policy agenda, increasing access to community-based services, including palliative care, is essential to shaping an equitable and coordinated health system for all people with serious illness. Providing accessible palliative care for people experiencing homelessness carries broad implications for health, and it…

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C-TAC Member Spotlight: Verde Valley Caregivers Coalition

Verde Valley Caregivers Coalition believes there’s no place like home. The organization’s mission is to provide support services to help older adults and adults with disabilities stay living independently in their homes for as long as possible. Many of Verde Valley’s clients can no longer drive due to age limitations, mobility challenges, or chronic illnesses.…

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Illinois Pediatric Palliative Care Benefit Highlighted During C-TAC Member Meet-up

By: Sarah Davidson, C-TAC Partnerships and Programs Intern This August, C-TAC hosted its second Member Meet-Up where leaders from the Greater Illinois Pediatric Palliative Care Coalition (GIPPCC) discussed the state’s new Pediatric Palliative Care Benefit. GIPPCC works to increase access to compassionate, quality pediatric palliative care programs throughout Illinois, and this year GIPPCC’s advocacy efforts…

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Congress Makes Strides Toward Sustained Support for Family Caregivers

Improving the health system for people living with serious illness requires a range of supports, services, and resources for care that promote patient agency over their healthcare experience.  For example, supporting the roles of family caregivers can act as a means of operationalizing ideas of person-centered care to encourage care delivery that reflects the patient’s…

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