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NM: Improve Quality of Life for Cancer Patients


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Please Vote YES on SB 274

Dear [Decision Maker],

As your constituent, I am writing you to ask that you please support Senate Bill 274, Palliative Care Advisory Council. Senate Bill 274 will improve quality of life for New Mexicans living with serious illness.

Palliative care is specialized medical care for people with serious illness that can be provided at any time throughout the course of their illness. This type of care is focused on providing relief from the symptoms and stress of a serious illness, such as cancer. The goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family.

SB 274 will establish a Quality of Life/Palliative Care Advisory Council that is made up of health care experts, patient advocates, and family caregivers. The advisory group's purpose is to raise awareness, availability and utilization of palliative care services through education and policy/regulatory recommendations. It will also educate the public about palliative care by creating the Viva la Vida statewide resource clearinghouse to increase awareness among patients, family caregivers, and health care providers about palliative care and its benefits.

Please vote Yes on SB 274.

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