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New healthcare law will expand hospice option
Los Angeles Times

About this time last year, voters and politicians were consumed by the rumor — fanned by healthcare overhaul opponents — that the legislation would establish “death panels” of government bureaucrats who could “pull the plug on Grandma” if she needed costly care.

The outcry led legislators to scrap a provision of the House bill that would have paid for voluntary consultations between physicians and Medicare beneficiaries about end-of-life care: living wills, hospice benefits and the like.

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