Issue: Enhance Planning Options for Patients with Serious Illnesses

The Patient Choice and Quality Care Act (S.1334 / H.R. 2797) aims to provide patients with new means to obtain advanced care planning services without a cost burden. It would also test ways for Medicare beneficiaries to work with patient care teams to address the advanced care needs of patients and their caregivers, including medical, spiritual, emotional, and psychosocial needs.

The bill would appropriate $50 million in grants to increase public awareness of advanced care planning and advance illness care.

Passage of this legislation would be a significant help to CHRISTUS patients by removing obstacles to obtaining critically important end-of-life services.