By Elise Viebeck - 07/23/14 12:02 PM EDT
More than three dozen caregivers, patients and advocates for people with serious illness held meetings Wednesday on Capitol Hill about two bipartisan proposals.
Advocates affiliated with the Patient Quality of Life Coalition were quick to note that both measures are bipartisan.
"Members of Congress are putting aside partisan politics to come together on an issue that has wide-reaching impact for all individuals battling a serious illness," said Dick Woodruff, vice president for federal relations at the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network.
"We're hopeful that as more members of Congress learn about palliative care … they will make expanded access to this transformative type of healthcare a top priority."
Republicans and Democrats have been able to work together on small healthcare bills this term despite widespread gridlock and rising election-year conflicts.
Just Wednesday, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee approved six bipartisan health bills related to trauma care, traumatic brain injuries and emergency services.