Thursday, November 18, 2004
As reported in the Nov. 17 Bend (Ore.) Bugle, Sen. Ron Wyden (D. Ore.) has "introduced two pieces of legislation Tuesday aimed at providing better care options for dying patients. . . . The first Wyden bill, the Palliative Care Training Act, recognizes the need for a larger pool of health care professionals who know how to help terminally ill patients to have a better quality of life. The second bill, the Medicare Hospice Demonstration Act, seeks to test ways to improve the Medicare hospice benefit." Neither bill is yet on Thomas or the senator's web page. Wyden's press release on the bills is here.