The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday unanimously passed a bipartisan bill establishing a program to provide training for hospice and palliative care. 

During his media call the same day, Republican Tom Reed, a co-sponsor of H.R.1676 — Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act, pointed out that in the future years there will be an increase in the number of people eligible for hospice and palliative care but not enough providers for them. 

Reed, whose congressional district includes the Greater Olean Area, put his argument into numbers.

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“By 2030, we are showing that for every 26,000 seriously ill individuals in America, that there will only be one position available to provide palliative and hospice care to those individuals,” Reed said.

He also mentioned the positive correlation associated with hospice and palliative care.

“We have seen firsthand the numbers show that the quality of life of those patients goes up, the quantity of life left goes up, and the overall cost on the system goes down because most of the time that care is provided in a home setting, not in an institution,” Reed said. 

The congressman noted that U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin and Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia are in a position to move the palliative care and hospice training bill in the Senate to match what has been done in the House. 

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