Augusta – The Maine Senate today unanimously voted to enact legislation sponsored by Senator Brian Langley (R-Hancock) to improve access to palliative care in Maine.

LD 782, “An Act To Improve the Quality of Life of Persons with Serious Illnesses,” creates a Palliative Care and Quality of Life Interdisciplinary Advisory Council to advise the Department of Health and Human Services, Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and report to three legislative committees. Palliative care is specialized medical carefor people with serious illnesses that focuses on providing patients with relief from the symptoms and stress of a serious illness.

“I am grateful for the support of my colleagues in both the Senate and House on this important issue,” said Senator Langley. “All Mainers know someone dealing with a serious illness such as cancer, and can attest to just how difficult it is are for the patient, their family, and their friends.  Palliative care is about ensuring a patient has a high quality of life during treatment for disease. Such care helps both patients and their families cope with the hardships and stresses of a serious illness.”

The bill now heads to the Governor’s desk.