More Than 230 Hospice Advocates Convene on Capitol Hill

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On July 18, more than 230 hospice advocates - physicians, nurses, social workers, chaplains, counselors, home health aides and volunteers – will go to Capitol Hill to meet with their Members of Congress to support the Patient Choice and Quality Care Act of 2017 and the Rural Access to Hospice Act.  The group is in Washington, D.C. to attend the and the 2017 Advocacy Intensive.

This year’s event theme, “Be Their Voice,” encapsulates the need for advocacy on behalf of hospice patients and their loved ones. During the two-day event, attendees learn best practices for advocating for hospice and how to connect directly with their Members of Congress on Capitol Hill and back in their home districts.  They will tell their patient’s stories and educate policymakers about hospice and palliative care.

Congressional meetings with over 300 offices are scheduled.

“The HAN Advocacy Intensive, going strong since 2012, has brought more than 1,300 hospice advocates to Washington, D.C.” says NHPCO President and CEO Edo Banach.  “This event is our opportunity to represent the people we care for and to advocate on their behalf.”

The advocates will provide information about two specific policy issues that could impact the hospice community. 

In addition to the work hospice advocates will be doing on Capitol Hill, advocates and hospice supporters across the country are participating virtually by contacting their elected officials in an outreach effort, Virtual Hill Week.

More than 1.6 million patients, along with their family caregivers, receive care from our nation’s hospices every year, reports NHPCO.

For more information on Hospice Action Network, Virtual Hill Week and advocacy efforts, visit: .   



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Jon Radulovic
National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization

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Globe Newswire: 14:00 GMT Monday 17th July 2017

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