Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Palliative Care/Euthanasia Bill Moving

By Margaret Dore, Esq. (updated 12/10/19)

On January 17, 2019, the "Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act" was introduced in the 116th Congress as H.R. 647 and referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. No text was provided.

The Congressional website has since been updated with the posting of a complete bill, which is nearly identical to last session's H.R. 1676, as amended. (The companion bill was S. 693).

If enacted, the new bill, H.R. 647, will undermine the Office of the Inspector General's mission to combat Medicare and Medicaid fraud concerning the federal hospice benefit. See for example, this link concerning last session's bills