Personalize Your Care Act of 2011 Introduced Today...
'Today, tomorrow, and everyday should be National Healthcare Decisions Day!"
--M. Joshua Morris (@LVDone), one of our Tweeps (NHDD Twitter follower)
The aforementioned sentiment couldn't be more true to the NHDD mission. And, this afternoon as I write this post, we are one step closer to achieving that goal for the American people. Just moments ago long time advance care planning champion Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR-3rd) introduced H.R. 1589, the Personalize Your Care Act of 2011. This act would compensate or 'provide benefits to' physicians for encouraging patients to document their medical wishes and be proactive in making their healthcare decisions. In the press release announcing the proposed legislation, Congressman Blumenauer cites his support of NHDD as well as how this act will aid the conversations we are promoting through the NHDD initiative. Legislation like the one the Congressman has proposed is key to raising the profile of advance care planning in communities nationwide and I hope our elected officials, regardless of party will lend their support to make it happen. I'll keep you posted on developments! See the official announcement of the Personalize Your Care Act of 2011 below.