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Governor Signs Palliative Care Bill

AHA advocates were on hand recently to witness Governor Ricketts signing LB 323, a bill to create the Palliative Care Consumer and Professional Information and Education Program, and the Palliative Care and Quality of Life Advisory Council. We applaud the Governor and the legislative body for approving this important legislation!  

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Governor Ricketts signed LB 323 to create the Palliative Care Consumer and Professional Information and Education Program. This program provides that the Department of Health and Human Services will provide the following information via their website that includes: continuing education opportunities for health care professionals; delivery of palliative care in the home; best practices; educational material; and referral information for hospice and palliative care.

The bill also creates the Palliative Care and Quality of Life Advisory Council. This advisory council will consult with and advise the Department of Health and Human Services on matters relating to palliative care initiatives.

On hand for the bill signing was Senator Kolterman and his spouse, Senator Howard, Nick Faustman and Matt Prokop from ACS CAN, Brian Krannawitter from the AHA, and other advocates who supported the bill. The bill was passed 48-0 by the Legislature on Final Reading and was signed into law by Governor Ricketts.

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