Rep. Scribner thanked his legislative colleagues for unanimously passing a bill that would give end-of-life hospice patients greater comfort and security. The bill also calls for a new, state-of-the-art palliative care facility in Danbury.
Rep. Scribner co-sponsored and was the foremost legislative advocate for HB 5499, AAC Regulations Relating to Hospice Care. The proposal allows State hospice care in multiple forms, including at-home care, instead of just hospital-based care as current law stipulates.
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The regulatory changes have been recommended by the State Department of Public Health and have been before the legislature’s Regulation Review Committee and the Attorney General’s Office.
Passage of the bill also allows plans for a state-of-the-art, 12 bed, in-patient, palliative care facility in Danbury, as well as one in New London, to proceed. The facilities will provide “home like” private suites for patients and their families.
“I applaud my legislative colleagues for their support on this important and meaningful bill. Allowing State hospice care to extend to at-home care is not just a regulatory enhancement, but is a quality of life enhancement that will mean a great deal to folks who are desperate for greater comfort and peace of mind. I urge my Senate colleagues to pass this bill so that the people of Connecticut can have increased access to quality end-of-life care.” Rep. Scribner said.
Rep. Scribner was praised by House Deputy Speaker, Rep. Bob Godfrey, for all of his hard work and leadership on this important effort. The bill now moves to the Senate for further consideration.
Cynthia Roy-Squitierri is the President and CEO of Regional Hospice and Home Care of Western Connecticut, Inc. “I am thrilled that the legislature supported this important cause. I have long believed that the state’s hospice infrastructure needed to be updated so that care could be made available to more families, and I am pleased to say that this bill helps to accomplish that goal. I would like to recognize Rep. Scribner’s tireless efforts and thank him for all of his hard work to help pass this bill. ” Cynthia said.
Rep. Scribner is a member of the legislature’s Public Health Committee and is a long time advocate and volunteer for the Regional Hospice and Home Care of Western Connecticut. He has served on the organization’s distinguished Board of Directors for many years.
The Regional Hospice and Home Care of Western Connecticut provides care, comfort, compassion, advocacy, and most importantly peace of mind, for families facing advanced illness. Their highly trained clinical staff provides expert care and support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For more information, please visit the organization’s website.