For Immediate Release:
September 25, 2020

NHPCO advocacy affiliate recognizes members of Congress who have supported hospice

(Alexandria, Va) – The Hospice Action Network, the advocacy affiliate of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, is pleased to announce the winners of the 2020 Hospice Action Network Angel Award. This award was created to recognize select members of Congress who serve hospice and palliative care patients and their families through their efforts to support the vital mission of hospice and palliative care in caring for patients facing serious or life limiting illness and use their platform to amplify the voices of patients facing serious and terminal illness and their families.

The award recipients are as follows:

      • Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV)
      • Representative Ron Kind (D-WI-03)
      • Representative Roger Marshall (R-KS-01)
      • Senator Rob Portman (R-OH)
      • Representative Tom Reed (R-NY-23)
      • Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV)
      • Representative Terri Sewell (D-AL-07)
      • Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI)
      • Representative Mike Thompson (D-CA-05)
      • Representative Jackie Walorski (R-IN-02)

The honorees expressed their appreciation for the recognition.

“Coronavirus restrictions have made hospice and palliative care even more sensitive. That’s why I joined with Senator Brown to ensure these patients get more time with their loved ones. In these socially distant times, we all can better appreciate precious moments with family. I’m honored to be chosen as one of HAN’s Angel Awardees, and I appreciate the work HAN and NHPCO do on behalf of hospice and palliative care patients and caregivers,” Senator Shelley Moore Capito said.

“As Wisconsin patients and families consider end of life care decisions, they should be able to focus on what’s important – spending time with their loved ones. That’s why one of my highest priorities has always been improving access to quality hospice and palliative care, including in our rural communities,” said Rep. Ron Kind. “I am honored to receive this recognition from the Hospice Action Network, and I will continue to work to support the incredible services our hospice care professionals provide to patients every day and ensure all Wisconsinites have access to compassionate care.”

“Having practiced medicine for more than 25 years, I have seen first-hand the amazing work of health care professionals in hospice and palliative care,” said Rep. Roger Marshall, M.D. “I admire the Hospice Action Network and organizations like the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and how they can collaborate with members of Congress to improve both quality and access to care, especially for Kansans living in rural communities. This recognition is a true honor and I look forward to continuing to work with NHPCO to improve end-of-life care for both the patient and their families as it is a vital piece of our health care system.”

“I’ve consistently fought for quality care across the health care spectrum, and part of that effort has meant fighting abuse and neglect in hospice and palliative care settings so individuals near the end of their lives can focus on time with their family and loved ones,” said Senator Rob Portman. “There’s more to do to support quality in end of life care, but I appreciate the work that organizations like NHPCO are doing to partner with us in improving the care landscape and I’m honored to be this year’s Hospice Action Network Angel Awardee.”

“Hospice care is such an important issue to me and millions of other Americans. I will never forget the care and effort hospice care professionals put in to take care of my mother during the end of her life or the opportunities I’ve had to help working families as a hospice volunteer,” said Rep. Tom Reed. “We will continue to advocate for families and their loved ones’ access to compassionate hospice care. Thank you to Hospice Action Network for recognizing our efforts, and we will remain committed to the cause for years to come.”

“As someone who stepped back from my own career to take care of my parents and in-laws as they got older and developed serious health problems, ensuring that our seniors have comprehensive access to hospice and palliative care is an issue that has always been close to my heart,” said Senator Jacky Rosen. “It is an honor to be recognized by the NHPCO for the work I’m doing in Congress, and I hope to continue efforts alongside them to increase access to quality care for patients in need.”

“On behalf of the countless patients and families who have or will benefit from compassionate hospice care and the hospice care professionals in the 7th District, I am honored to receive the 2020 Hospice Action Network Angel Award from the Hospice Action Network,” said Rep. Terri A. Sewell. “Our responsibility to ensure those suffering life-threatening illnesses and their families are provided with high-quality and compassionate end of life care is paramount. I am thankful that we have organizations like the Hospice Action Network as partners in advancing our shared goal of protecting patients and strengthening hospice and palliative care.”

“Ensuring that our loved ones have high-quality hospice and palliative care when they need it has always been one of my priorities in the Senate,” said Senator Debbie Stabenow. “I’m proud to have such strong partners at the Hospice Action Network who advocate for compassionate and quality care for millions of Americans. I’m honored to be a 2020 Hospice Action Network Angel Awardee and look forward to continuing this important work together.”

“Hospice is critical to ensuring people have the care they need to rest easy at the end of their lives. I will continue working in Congress to ensure that hospice care providers in my district and across our nation have all the tools at their disposal, including telehealth, to give compassionate care to our hospice patients. Thank you to the Hospice Action Network for their advocacy on this important issue and I’m honored with this award,” said Rep. Mike Thompson.

“I’m always grateful to work with the dedicated advocates at the Hospice Action Network to improve Hoosiers’ access to compassionate, high-quality hospice and palliative care for those facing serious and life-limiting illness,” Congresswoman Jackie Walorski said. “This recognition is a true honor, and I look forward to continuing our work together for Americans receiving end-of-life care, as well as their families and caregivers.”

HAN and NHPCO are proud to recognize these lawmakers.

“We are thankful to these members of Congress for their leadership and support of hospice and palliative care patients and their families who rely on person- and family-centered, interdisciplinary care during their greatest time of need,” said NHPCO President and CEO Edo Banach.

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About HAN
 NHPCO and the Hospice Action Network work closely together to make an impact. NHPCO sets the public policy agenda through its Legislative Affairs Committee. The Hospice Action Network implements the agenda through direct lobbying, grassroots advocacy, and by empowering Hospice Advocates to share their hospice story with Congress. HAN’s mission is to advocate, with one voice, for policies that ensure the best care for patients and families facing serious illness and the end of life.