State Strategies to Address Palliative Care

Wednesday, October 28th

About the Session

State policymakers are increasingly interested in how to better serve those with serious illness and their families. While momentum around state-level action for this population was gaining steam before the COVID-19 pandemic, the public health emergency has accelerated work to design policies specifically focused on the sickest residents, especially those that increase access to and the quality of palliative care. In this session, we will provide an overview of current state serious illness policy innovations, and how the current crisis is informing the work now and into the future. We will be highlighting specific cutting-edge state approaches to learn how this work can be done well and be inclusive of all patient and family populations.

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Presented By

Kitty Purington, JD

Senior Program Director, Chronic Care & Vulnerable Populations
National Academy for State Health Policy

Judy Thomas, JD

Executive Director
Coalition for Compassionate Care of California

Joy Soares

Policy Analyst
State of Hawaii Med-QUEST Division