Hospice of the Northwest Advocates for Hospice on Capitol Hill
Over 300 representatives from the hospice community convened in Washington D.C. to meet policymakers and discuss hospice care and advanced care planning.
(Mount Vernon, WA) – Representatives from Hospice of the Northwest attended the Hospice Action Network and the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization’s annual Advocacy Intensive, an event that brings together hundreds of hospice advocates from across the nation. The two-day event includes education on how to advocate for hospice and a day on Capitol Hill – a chance for attendees to tell their hospice story and how to connect and discuss specific policy issues with Members of Congress.
“It’s crucial for members of Congress to hear from hospice staff and volunteers who impact the lives of patients every day,” said Erin Long, Volunteer Manager at Hospice of the Northwest.
In addition to sharing their personal hospice experiences, advocates asked for support on specific legislation during their meetings on Capitol Hill:
- The Rural Access to Hospice Act, S. 1190
- Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act, HR. 647
- MEDPAC Proposed 2% Cut for hospice providers
“The Rural Access to Hospice Act directly impacts patient care in the communities we serve,” said Bob Laws, Executive Director of Hospice of the Northwest. “We are at the law-making epicenter of our country, and we need to advocate for our patients and their circles of support. Meeting with representatives like Suzan DelBene (who co-sponsored this bill in 2017) helps us connect our policymakers with the real-life stories of the patients we serve,” he added.
Dana Brothers, Outreach and Communication Program Manager, Hospice of the Northwest
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