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Terminally Ill Military Kids Can Now Receive Both Treatment and Hospice | Military.com

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The parents of children with terminal illnesses covered by Tricare no longer have to choose between treatment and end-of-life care, thanks to a policy update issued today.

The policy change, ordered by the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), will allow military dependents under 21 to receive both medical treatment for their terminal illness, such as medication, radiation or surgeries; and care that falls under the umbrella of “hospice,” which includes pain relief and symptom control. Under previous law and policy, a patient could only receive one or the other.

While the either-or policy might work for adults whose terminal illnesses lead to predictable declines, studies have shown that integrating hospice with ongoing recovery treatments can actually increase sick kids’ chances of survival, advocates said.

Source: Terminally Ill Military Kids Can Now Receive Both Treatment and Hospice | Military.com

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