Source: United States House of Representatives – Congressman Bruce Poliquin (2nd District of Maine)
September 14, 2018
The Democratic and Republican lawmakers are working together, across the aisle, to improve health care for those with serious illnesses
WASHINGTON – Congressman Bruce Poliquin (ME-02) has joined Congresswoman Jacky Rosen (NV-03) to launch the bipartisan Palliative Care Task Force. The Democratic and Republican lawmakers are working together, across the aisle, to improve health care for those with serious illnesses.
Palliative care is specialized medical care focused on providing relief from the symptoms and stress of a serious illness to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family. The purpose of the Palliative Care Task Force is to raise the public’s awareness and promote the availability and benefits of palliative care, while also finding bipartisan solutions to expand access to palliative care services. The task force will work to enhance palliative care services to improve the quality of life of millions of Americans managing serious illnesses.
“With two elderly parents myself—my mother who was a nurse and my father who was a public school teacher—I understand, firsthand, the importance of palliative care and how it can help manage and ease symptoms as well as reduce pain and stress from the individual’s initial diagnosis,” said Congressman Poliquin. “It is critical that Mainers and their families have access to the services needed to improve their quality of life and reduce pain. I am pleased to work with Democratic Rep. Rosen and the Task Force to bring stakeholders across all levels of care, as well as patient advocates, together to develop solutions to make certain individuals are receiving the best possible care while they are battling serious illnesses.”
“As someone who stepped back from my career to take care of my parents and in-laws as they got older and started having serious health problems, I understand just how important it is for working families to have access to palliative care,” said Congresswoman Rosen. “By improving access to and understanding of palliative care, we can help transform our health care institutions to care for patients and families dealing with serious illnesses. I am looking forward to working with our new bipartisan task force to address this issue, and I will continue to fight for solutions that help improve our nation’s health care system for Nevada’s seniors and families dealing with serious illnesses.”
The Task Force is part of the Assisting Caregivers Today (ACT) Caucus in Congress.