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Urge your Senator to cosponsor the Care Planning Act

Sens. Mark Warner (D-VA) and Johnny Isakson (R-GA) have introduced the Care Planning Act of 2015, legislation which is designed to give people with serious illness the freedom to make more informed choices about their care, and the power to have those choices honored. Their bipartisan legislation would further efforts to strengthen end-of-life care by developing quality measures, promoting public and provider education, addressing the decision-making for people with serious illness throughout the process, and including adherence and portability measures to ensure that patients’ choices are honored.

We need you to write your Senator and ask them to co-sponsor the Care Planning Act. If you’re comfortable, please make sure to include your personal story about your parents, grandparents, spouse, friend, or other loved one.

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I urge you to co-sponsor the Care Planning Act of 2015 (S.1549)
Dear [Decision Maker],

I am writing to ask you to cosponsor the Care Planning Act of 2015 (S.1549), a bipartisan bill introduced in July by Senator Mark Warner of Virginia and Senator Johnny Isakson of Georgia. We all need to make important decisions about how much medical treatment we want at the end of life, and to make sure our loved ones and our doctors know our wishes. Advance care planning is critical to ensuring that those with advanced illness get care that is truly centered around their own values, and this legislation recognizes that.

The Care Planning Act makes it easier for doctors and patients alike to have the difficult conversations necessary to determine our best options for care as we approach the end of our lives. Their bipartisan legislation would further efforts to strengthen end-of-life care by developing quality measures, promoting public and provider education, addressing the decision-making for people with serious illness throughout the process, and including adherence and portability measures to ensure that patients' choices are honored.

In addition, the bill supports the development and sharing of resources to help educate patients and their families, as well as a telephone hot line and website.
am asking you, my Senator, to cosponsor the Care Planning Act of 2015 because I believe we all deserve autonomy and control over our medical treatment, at every stage of life. Using a range of mechanisms, this bill ensures that people approaching the end of life have productive conversations with health care providers, and that decisions arising from those conversations are honored in every health care setting. It even helps family members and religious figures participate in advocating for a person's end-of-life choices.

You have the opportunity to help our health care system become more focused on patients and the outcomes they want by actively supporting The Care Planning Act of 2015.

There is a good chance you know someone, too, whose final days or months were not what they would have wanted. Everyone deserves a measure of peace and control as they approach life's end, and this bill truly empowers patients to have both.

Please do everything you can to support The Care Planning Act of 2015 so that each of us can reflect on and decide what care we want if we find ourselves facing advanced illness.