Jimmy Carter’s Choice To Utilize Hospice Care Is ‘Intentional’ Because He Funded It

  • Jimmy Carter’s choice to use hospice, an expert says, is likely “intentional” — and reflects the former president’s close personal ties to the benefit that made it possible.
  • And as Jonathan Fleece, president and CEO of non-profit hospice organization Empath Health explains, the growth of hospice in the U.S. is due in large part to policies that were advocated for during the time of the Carter administration.
  • “Hospice was added to the Medicare benefit [in 1982]” Fleece tells PEOPLE, noting that the benefit was rolled out shortly after Carter left office. “So hospice has been a very important part of the president’s presidential service and policy from a public health perspective.”
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