Summary: H.R.4249 — 109th Congress (2005-2006)All Information (Except Text)

There is one summary for H.R.4249. Bill summaries are authored by CRS.

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Introduced in House (11/08/2005)

Living Well with Fatal Chronic Illness Act of 2005 - Directs the Secretary of Health and Human Services to: (1) carry out research, demonstration, and education programs with respect to fatal chronic illness through the Public Health Service; and (2) conduct studies on end-of-life care.

Directs the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to expand activities with respect to epidemiology and public health in fatal chronic illness.

Directs the Director of the National Institutes of Health to expand, intensify, and coordinate the activities of the National Institutes of Health with respect to research on fatal chronic illness.

Provides for Medicare pilot programs for the treatment of fatal chronic illnesses.

Directs the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to: (1) develop and carry out programs to improve the delivery of appropriate health and support services for patients with fatal chronic illnesses; and (2) make grants to support volunteer and community support of veterans living at home who have fatal chronic illnesses.

Provides for a study by the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences on the: (1) level of care for the elderly provided by family members; and (2) coordination of such care with more formal care provided by health care providers.