Palliative Care Legislation Proposes $44 Million in Education Fellowships for Nurses
Monday, April 1, 2013
by: VNAA Policy Team

Section: Public Policy and Advocacy

On March 21, The Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act(S. 641 and H.R. 1339) was introduced in the House and the Senate. The measure would, if approved by Congress, expand education programs and provide fellowships for healthcare professionals to train in these fields.  The bills were introduced by Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), Senator Jack Reed (D-RI), Representative Eliot Engel (D-NY) and Representative Tom Reed (R-NY). The lawmakers stressed the importance of enhancing palliative care to meet the needs of an aging population and to support the development of a coordinated health care system.

The legislation would award funds and contracts to enable educational institutions to expand their palliative care and hospice programs. It would also allocate more than $44 million in fellowship money annually through 2018 for advanced practice nurses and other healthcare professionals seeking advanced degrees. The legislation requires recipients to work for five years providing palliative or hospice care in an educational, home, hospice or long-term care setting.

For more information on the legislation, click here.
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