Senator’s bipartisan bill improves workforce training, boosts education and awareness, and enhances research surrounding comfort and hospice care
WASHINGTON – Arizona senior Senator Kyrsten Sinema cosponsored the Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act—bipartisan legislation that strengthens hospice and comfort care for Arizonans to optimize quality of life and mitigate pain for people with serious, complex illnesses.
“Hospice and comfort care enhances quality of life for Arizona patients. Our legislation strengthens comfort care options to help Arizonans living with complex health conditions, as well as end-of-life care for Arizonans with serious or life-threatening illnesses,” said Sinema.
Palliative care – also known as comfort care – is meant to enhance a patient’s quality of life and lessen pain or discomfort. Palliative care can be helpful to patients living with complex health conditions, and hospice care focuses on patients’ needs as a part of end-of-life care. Sinema’s bipartisan Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act focuses on strengthening palliative and hospice care by improving workforce training to attract and retain care providers, boost education and awareness to ensure Arizona families and patients are aware of palliative care options, and enhance research to advance clinical practice and improve care delivery for patients with serious or life-threatening illnesses.