New Jersey Enacts Law to Expand Palliative Care

Posted on Monday, August 19, 2019 3:13 AM

New Jersey’s Governor signed a bill into law that will create a state advisory council on palliative care and quality of life.  The new law requires the state’s Department of Health to create an 11-member council that will require hospitals, nursing homes and rehabilitation homes to inform seriously ill patients about palliative care and hospice care and how it can serve them. 

“Many New Jersey families have watched loved ones suffer and go through an intense amount of painful treatments during their last days. Palliative care offers comfort and peace to patients and their families during these difficult times,” State Assemblyman Benji Wimberly (D), told Hospice News. “The expansion of palliative care gives more patients in New Jersey the opportunity to fulfill their last wishes and spend their last days the way that they want to spend them.”

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