Legislative News

Calls to Action:   PA Family Care Act  *  PA POLST  *  PCHETA

Family Care Act - PA HB 181. Pennsylvania State Representative Dan Miller (D - District 42) is the primary sponsor for Pennsylvania's Paid Family and Medical Leave Bill. The Family Care Act recognizes that  family takes care of family.

By establishing a paid family medical leave insurance fund in Pennsylvania, the Family Care Act:
     * Allows family members to provide critical care and rehab services to elderly loved ones at home, without risking
       their jobs and financial security.
     * Grants parents the ability to care for their son or daughter who is recovering from a serious illness.
     * Allows workers to care for themselves following a major surgery.
     * Grants new moms and dads the chance to be there for the critical period following the birth or adoption of
       a child.

The Family Care Act will allow Pennsylvania parents to maintain financial balance while caring for their son or daughter dealing with a serious illness.  

Click HERE for more information HB 181.
Click HERE to learn about April's 1-Minute Advocacy Action.

POLST Legislation - PA SB 631. Pennsylvania State Senator Gene Yaw (R - District 23) has reintroduced Pennsylvania Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (POLST) legislation. SB 631 would update and revise Title 20 of Pennsylvania law to codify use of POLST by medical professionals across all healthcare settings for patients who voluntarily wish to complete a POLST order. This bill advances the work that has been done for decades to ensure quality care for those at the end of life.

If you are able to support SB 631, (personally or as an organization) please contact your state senator and ask for their support. The Pennsylvania Medical Society has also developed an easy-to-use form for emailing your legislator with an option to customize with your message.    

Click HERE
for a sample letter you can customize with your reasons for supporting this legislation.

PCHETA Bill - H.R. 1676 & S. 693 – Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act (PCHETA)
PPCC is working with the Patient Quality of Life Coalition (PQLC) to pass the PCHETA bill. The Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act (PCHETA), H.R. 1676 and S. 693 — legislation developed by AAHPM — would expand opportunities for interdisciplinary education and training in palliative care, inform patients and health professionals about the benefits of palliative care and the services available to support patients with serious or life-threatening illness, and direct funding toward palliative care research to strengthen clinical practice and health care delivery.

PCHETA bill summary
PCHETA action center

Contact your elected representative and ask that they support the PCHETA bill.


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