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February 26, 2014

In your opinion: Gibson supports hospice's goals

We are fortunate to have Chris Gibson representing us in Congress. After having the privilege of spending time with him discussing the recent changes in health care that affect our local hospice, I believe he truly shares our concern over the impact on our ability to serve his Delaware, Otsego and Schoharie county constituents.

Hospice care equates to only 2 percent of overall Medicare spending. Research proves hospice care is a cost-effective health care delivery model that translates into savings for the Medicare system. Yet, multiple Medicare reimbursement reductions, a series of costly regulatory changes, and looming hospice payment reform has made hospice care delivery increasingly challenging.

Chris Gibson is willing to support us in our message to Congress that “enough is enough” by signing a congressional letter to CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner. He also co-sponsors the HELP Hospice Act, which enjoys robust bipartisan support.

On behalf of the patients and families served by Catskill Area Hospice and Palliative Care, as well as our staff, thank you, Rep. Gibson. We are grateful to have you on our “team” in our fight against excessive regulatory requirements. We are also grateful to have your support in protecting hospice by preventing any further cuts to the Medicare Hospice Benefit. Thank you for helping us to preserve access to high-quality end-of-life care now and for the future.

Lola Rathbone


Rathbone is the president and CEO of Catskill Area Hospice and Palliative Care Inc.

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