Today’s changing practice environment requires you to be an effective advocate for your patients and your profession. You are key to ensuring that policymakers understand the benefits of hospice and palliative care and how you and your patients are impacted by the latest health policy proposals. With information and tools from AAHPM, it’s easy to get started.
AAHPM Legislative Action Center
Congressional Management Foundation surveys show constituent interactions strongly influence lawmakers’ decisions, and advocates are more effective when they provide personal stories and information about the impact a bill/issue would have on their district or state.
AAHPM’s Legislative Action Center makes it simple to review legislation relevant to you, like the Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act (PCHETA). Share your perspectives with your representatives in Congress and begin building relationships that are key to ensuring sound health policy.
- Review legislation – See the bills that AAHPM supports, such as PCHETA
- Contact your representatives – Easily find and contact your elected officials about issues important to you
Support the Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act (PCHETA)
PCHETA has been reintroduced in the U.S. Senate as S. 4260. This bipartisan legislation, developed by AAHPM, enjoys broad support from over 50 national organizations and has passed the U.S. House of Representatives in the last two Congresses.
PCHETA would expand opportunities for interdisciplinary education and training in palliative care, inform patients and health professionals about the benefits of palliative care and the services available to support patients with serious illness, and direct funding toward palliative care research to strengthen clinical practice and health care delivery. Review a bill summary.
Contact your lawmakers in Congress today! Ask them to cosponsor PCHETA and to urge congressional leaders to advance the bill.
Use AAHPM's Legislative Action Center to easily look up your members of Congress and send a personalized e-mail or tweet by utilizing customized messaging based on the status of their support.
- Email your U.S. Senators to support PCHETA - Ask your elected representatives to cosponsor the bill. If they already support PCHETA, a thank you message will be generated so you can express appreciation and request their help to advance the bill to a vote.
- Tweet your lawmakers and help build momentum for PCHETA - If you're active on Twitter, be sure to follow up your email with a tweet. This alert makes it simple by providing the Twitter handle for your members of Congress. Be sure to verify your account is unlocked and publicly viewable before tweeting.
As a hospice and palliative care professional, you are not only a constituent but an expert resource on health policy issues. Are you interested in setting up a meeting with your members of Congress and their staff to discuss the needs of patients and families facing serious illness? Are you looking to invite your representative to tour your facility and see how the decisions they make impact the services you provide?