Improving Serious Illness and End-of-Life Care

Opportunities for congressional action

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On Feb. 23, The Pew Charitable Trusts and the Coalition to Transform Advanced Care (C-TAC) hosted a discussion on Capitol Hill of legislative efforts to advance end-of-life and palliative care.

Remarks from

Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA)
Senator Mark Warner (D-VA)
Representative Phil Roe (R-TN)

Moderated by

Allan Coukell
Senior director, health programs
The Pew Charitable Trusts

Tom Koutsoumpas
The Coalition to Transform Advanced Care


Jeannine English
President, AARP

Marian Grant, D.N.P.
Director of policy and professional engagement, C-TAC
Nurse practitioner, University of Maryland Medical Center’s Palliative Care Service

Jay P. LaBine, M.D.
Chief medical officer, Priority Health Managed Benefits Inc.

Joe Rotella, M.D.
Chief medical officer, American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine

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End-of-Life Care Gains Bipartisan Support

Capitol Hill discussion charts course for legislation to improve patient treatment, options

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Policies to improve care for patients at the end of life are gaining bipartisan attention and support on Capitol Hill. As Representative Phil Roe (R-TN) said: “This is not a Republican or Democrat issue. This is about people.” His remarks came at a February briefing on opportunities for congressional action co-sponsored by The Pew Charitable Trusts and the Coalition to Transform Advanced Care (C-TAC).