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Hospice Action Network sends New Hampshire nurse to Washington, D.C.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Laura Inkel, Hospice and Palliative Care certified nurse of Home Health & Hospice Care was hand-picked to visit Washington, D.C., on July 29-30 on behalf of the Hospice Action Network.

HAN works closely with the National Hospice and Palliative Care organization to advocate for policies that ensure the best care for patients and families facing the end of life. This is the second year that HAN has selected representatives from visiting nurse associations and hospices across the nation to join in Washington, D.C., and meet with state senators and congressman.

Inkel is the first employee chosen from HHHC and was the only person selected from the state of New Hampshire to attend this year’s advocacy intensive. Inkel met with legislative correspondents from the offices of Congresswomen Ann Kuster and Carol Shea-Porter and Sens. Kelly Ayotte and Jeanne Shaheen.

“My goal was to convince our representatives to increase Medicare hospice reimbursements, but at the very least stop the budget cuts,” Inkel said.

She has been a nurse with Home Health & Hospice Care for 14 years, caring for hundreds of patients and their families.

“Hospice patients nationwide deserve the best care possible and their families deserve the added support,” Inkel said. “By increasing awareness and educating the public on the different services and the benefits of care we provide for hospice patients, it is my hope to show them how much more we could offer if we had proper funding.”

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