Bills would address palliative care shortage

The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) welcomed the new measures, saying they would improve patients' quality of life.

"Patients want [palliative care] because it gives them and their families the support they need when they're dealing with a serious illness," said ACS CAN President Chris Hansen in a statement.

"That’s why palliative care is one the fastest growing trends in health care, and why we need more trained professionals in the field."

Lawmakers have floated several bills in the last month to cope with the wider U.S. doctor shortage. Read about those here and here

—This post was updated at 7:33 p.m.