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Advocacy

Advocacy is communication
It should be the business of all of us who care to inform our fellow professionals and the public at large about the issues that affect provision of the best possible pediatric palliative care in Michigan.
Of course it can also help to talk to your legislators from time to time!

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Among the objectives that we and other coalitions seek, or have sought, are:
1.  To distinguish pediatric palliative care from hospice for reimbursement of caregivers
2.  To widen access to Medicaid by higher maximum income and age limits;
3.  To expand the 6-month life expectancy requirement for access to hospice;
4.  To extend acceptance of Concurrent Care ( mandatory for Medicaid) to commercial insurers;
5.  To secure access to care across all parts of the state through transport services and/or telemedicine.

Notes: 
* Medicaid: Medicaid, together with Medicaid Expansion, under the Affordable Care Act provides wider coverage for children in fragile health than that normally available on the commercial market. For example, it requires payment for Concurrent Care (see below). Michigan has secured most of its Medicaid objectives through the Healthy Michigan Plan, using the Medicaid Expansion benefit under the Act.

*Concurrent Care: The traditional refusal of insurers not to pay for curative treatment when the patient has opted for palliative car


Advocacy is not limited to lobbying legislators or payers, like commercial insurers.
Nor is it our Advocacy Committee alone. All members can play a part in extending awareness of the needs of pediatric palliative care to the public at large.

Your Senators in the US Senate:
Peters, Gary C. - (D - MI)  
724 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-6221
Contact: www.peters.senate.gov/contact/email-gary
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Stabenow, Debbie - (D - MI) I
731 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-4822
Contact: www.stabenow.senate.gov/?p=contact
 

Useful links:

Michigan Government Directory (House and Senate)

University of Michigan 2015 Report on PPC legislation across USA
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Multi-disciplinary Clinics - a path through Medicaid
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Advancing Care for Exceptional Kids Act
(a pending Federal law)
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Wisconsin Pediatric Palliative Care Act
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 Pennsylvania Concurrent Care Act
(Although not finally passed into law, the wording is a useful model)