Senate Comprehensive Caucus will be the first to focus on expanding access to palliative care and issues impacting caregivers
Casper, WY – The Central Wyoming Hospice and Transitions team applauds Senator John Barrasso for his leadership that brought about last week’s launch of the Senate Comprehensive Care Caucus. This bipartisan caucus will be the first Senate caucus dedicated to improving access to palliative care and will focus on palliative care access and issues impacting caregivers.
“We’re grateful to Senator John Barrasso for recognizing the significant role palliative care can play in the healthcare continuum, both within the state of Wyoming and beyond,” said Kilty Brown, Executive Director. “As a leader in the Wyoming palliative care community, Central Wyoming Hospice and Transitions is excited to work with Senator Barrasso on efforts to expand access to person-centered care.”
The launch of the Comprehensive Care Caucus began with a kick-off event that featured a panel discussion with palliative care experts. Moderated by Lori Bishop, Vice President of Palliative and Advanced Care for the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO), the speakers also included representatives from the American Cancer Society, the Coalition to Transform Advanced Care (C-TAC) and hospice professionals.
The goal of the caucus is to raise awareness and improve palliative care policy. Palliative care utilizes interdisciplinary teams of providers who work to optimize quality of life by anticipating, preventing, and treating suffering. Like hospice, palliative care involves addressing the physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs of a patient and their family. Furthermore, palliative services often reduce stress, lower costs and improve outcomes for patients with serious illnesses.
Susan Burk, Community Liaison
Central Wyoming Hospice and Transitions