Legislative Update: January 15, 2019
Today, the federal government entered day 25 of the partial, federal government shutdown. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which administers the federal Medicare and Medicaid programs, is not subject to the government shutdown. However, the shutdown has slowed the regular legislative process as Congress and the Trump Administration seek resolution on border security and related issues at stake in the shutdown considerations.

Legislative Update: January 8, 2019
Since our last update before year-end, the federal government finished up the 115th Congress and new Congressional Members were sworn on January 3, 2019. Our team remained on the Hill and monitoring through the holidays. The 116th Congress has brought in new leadership in the House and continued struggles related to the partial government shutdown. The House and Senate leadership will drive the negotiations to open the government while rank and file Members work on introducing new bills for the new Congress.

New National Guidelines Call for Improved Access to Vital Palliative Care
Many people living with a serious illness who are receiving treatment for their condition don’t have access to palliative care. New palliative care guidelines set out to improve access to this care, which provides relief from the symptoms and stress of serious illness; improves quality of life for both the patient and the patient’s family; and is provided concurrent with disease-focused treatments. To improve access to this care, new Clinical Practice Guidelines for Quality Palliative Care, 4th edition urge clinicians and health care organizations to integrate it into the services they provide for all people living with serious illness, regardless of their diagnosis, prognosis, or age.

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