– ADVOCACY UPDATE –
Evermore attaches bereavement care provision to FY21 U.S. budget
For the first time in our nation’s history, bereaved families and professionals from across the United States worked together to add a provision in our nation’s budget that encourages the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) to report to Congress what they are doing to advance bereavement care.
The U.S. House of Representatives instructed nine key agencies to report; however, the U.S. Senate included language that houses bereavement care in NIH’s National Institute of Mental Health and the Office of Secretary of HHS. Meaning, every HHS agency may report into the Secretary’s office what they are doing to advance bereavement.
This is a significant accomplishment!
Finalized passage of the US FY21 budget is required to ensure this becomes a national priority.