Palliative Care and Hospice Education Training Act (PCHETA) Passes the House

The U.S. House of Representatives on Monday passed the Palliative Care and Hospice Education Training Act (PCHETA) -  H.R. 1676, a bipartisan piece of legislation designed to expand and strengthen end-of-life care through outreach and training programs, by a voice vote. The Senate version of this legislation is S. 693.

PCHETA authorizes the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to award grants or contracts for palliative care and hospice education centers. It also promotes career development of physicians and nurses in palliative care, while encouraging research and outreach efforts.

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle expressed their support for the hospice bill prior to the vote, specifically citing hospice and palliative care’s ability to boost patients’ quality of life and decrease overall health care costs as benefits.

ElevatingHOME and VNAA continues to advocate on this vital legislative priority. Contact Joy Cameron with any questions.