Congressman Fitzpatrick (PA-8) released the following statement Thursday on his co-sponsorship of a pair of bipartisan of bills meant to increase access to quality palliative care.
"Improving the access to, and quality of care for those battling cancer and other serious illness is an important goal of mine- that's why I've signed on to a pair of bipartisan bills meant to do just that.
"Both the Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act and the Patient Centered Quality Care for Life Act are needed bills to insure the proper care of seriously ill patients, many of whom are in palliative care.
Palliative care combines the expertise of psychologists, dieticians, spiritual leaders, occupational, therapists, teachers, and patient service coordinators to provide the most relaxing and comforting experience to both patients and their families.
This care can truly make a difference at any age and at any stage of an illness because in combination with curative treatment it can create the best quality of life for a patient - often resulting in a longer and happier life.
It is essential that policymakers create the best and most affordable health care for those who need it the most."
Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act [HR 1339]: The Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act would amend the Public Health Service Act. The amendment would increase the number of permanent faculty in palliative care at accredited allopathic and osteopathic medical schools, nursing schools, and other programs, to promote education in palliative care and hospice, and to support the development of faculty careers in academic palliative medicine.
Patient Centered Quality Care for Life Act [HR 1666]: The Patient Centered Quality Care for Life Act would create a patient-centered quality of care initiative for seriously ill patients through the establishment of a stakeholder strategic summit, quality of life education and awareness initiative, health care workforce training, an advisory committee, and palliative care focused research, and for other purposes.