The Alzheimer's Association applauds the U.S. House of Representatives for passing the Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act (PCHETA). In a unanimous vote, the House advanced this important legislation which would improve access to quality hospice and palliative care.
This crucial bill (H.R. 1676) is New York born and bred. Congressmen Eliot Engel and Tom Reed from the Empire State introduced PCHETA and championed it to its passage on Monday, July 23. We want to thank them for their efforts.
Palliative and hospice care—with a focus on managing and easing symptoms, reducing pain and stress, and increasing comfort—can improve both the quality of care and quality of life for those with advanced dementia. Among seniors in hospice care, nearly 1 in every 5 has a primary hospice diagnosis of Alzheimer's or another dementia.