For Immediate Release
November 29, 2022
(Alexandria, Va) – This week, the U.S. Senate officially recognized November as National Hospice and Palliative Care Month. The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) and its affiliate group, the Hospice Action Network (HAN), express our gratitude for this important recognition of the essential work of hospice and palliative care providers and volunteers across the country.
2022 marks the fortieth anniversary of the first Proclamation recognizing November as National Hospice Month. In 1982, President Ronald Regan signed into law the Medicare Hospice benefit which ensured that millions of seriously ill Americans could die with dignity while receiving care in their own homes. That same year, the president also declared a National Hospice and Palliative Care Week, which we now celebrate as National Hospice and Palliative Care Month.
“Every day, hospice and palliative care workers and volunteers provide unique, person-centered, interdisciplinary care to people who have a serious illness or those who are approaching the end of life. Palliative and hospice care help patients have the best quality of life and live out the time they have left in a way that reflects their heartfelt values, minimizes pain, and maximizes comfort. We were so pleased to work closely with Senate offices on this proclamation, and we thank the U.S. Senate for recognizing the importance of hospice and palliative care. Special appreciation goes to four Senators who have shown leadership on this issue and who introduced the Resolution: Senator Jacky Rosen, Senator John Barrasso, Senator Tammy Baldwin, and Senator Deb Fischer,” said NHPCO COO and interim CEO Ben Marcantonio.
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