Legislation Testimoney/Advocacy Statement

Legislation Comparison Grid Template

Use this document to complete Part 1 of the Module 2 Assessment Legislation Comparison Grid and Testimony/Advocacy Statement

Health-related Bill Name H.R. 647: Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act
Description This bill came to fruition as the tool to amend the Public Health Service Act to increase the number of permanent faculty in palliative care at accredited allopathic and osteopathic medical schools, nursing schools, social work schools, and other programs, including physician assistant education programs, to promote education and research in palliative care and hospice, and to support the development of faculty careers in academic palliative medicine (H.R. 647). (2019, January 17).
Federal or State? Federal
Legislative Intent The Secretary, acting as a liaison of the Director of the National Institutes of Health, shall embark on a strategy to be applied across the institutes and centers of the National Institutes of Health to expand and augment national research programs in palliative care in order to address the quality of care and quality of life for the rapidly growing population of patients in the United States with serious or life-threatening illnesses, including cancer; heart, kidney, liver, lung, and infectious diseases; as well as neurodegenerative diseases such as dementia, Parkinson’s disease, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (H.R. 647). (2019, January 17).
Target Population Those who have entered a graduate medical education program
Status of the bill (Is it in hearings or committees? Is it receiving press coverage?) The aforementioned bill has entered the first phase in the legislative process. On January 17, 2019 the proposed bill was introduced to congress.
General Notes/Comments Health professions schools with programs in psychology, pharmacy, nursing, social work, physician assistant education, chaplaincy, or other health disciplines, as approved by the Secretary. Such a fellowship shall be open to current faculty, and appropriately credentialed volunteer faculty and practitioners, who do not have formal training in palliative care, to upgrade their knowledge and clinical skills for the care of individuals with serious or life-threatening illness and to enhance their interdisciplinary and interprofessional teaching skills.


Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act (H.R. 647). (2019, January 17). Retrieved March 18, 2019, from https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/116/hr647

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