Senators Reintroduce Care Planning Act
NAHC Urges Members to Seek Senate Cosponsors
Senators Mark Warner (D-VA) and Johnny Isakson (R-GA) introduced a revised version of the Care Planning Act (S. 1549) on June 10, 2015. The Care Planning Act was first introduced in August 2013 as S. 1439 and was designed to give individuals with serious illness the tools with which to make more informed choices about their care, and the power to have those choices honored.
“This bill takes a patient-centered approach by making sure more information is available to patients and their families, and by ensuring that patients have an opportunity to discuss their treatment options, plan for their future care, and make their choices known,” Sen. Warner said.
“In the last several years, some have deliberately chosen to misrepresent the purpose of care planning services to frighten people and to score cheap political points. It’s about making sure that your doctors, your hospital, and your family know what choices you have made about your care. If a patient prefers to explore every possible treatment option, that choice will be respected. And if an individual prefers a different approach after informed consultations with their health team, their family and others, those choices should be documented and honored too. The important thing is being able to make that decision and trust that it will be respected.”