Remembering U.S. Senator Bob Dole

The National Partnership for Hospice and Healthcare Innovation (NPHI) honors Former U.S. Senator Robert J. Dole, who passed on December 5, 2021. After overcoming devastating injuries in World War II, Senator Dole represented Kansas in Congress for more than 30 years, notably serving as the Republican leader of the U.S. Senate from 1985 to 1996. He is commemorated as a congressional advocate of the hospice model of care.

“I’m deeply saddened by the death of my dear friend, Senator Bob Dole,” said NPHI CEO Tom Koutsoumpas. “He is remembered by NPHI members and millions across the country as one of the leaders in the initial creation of the Medicare hospice benefit, which has given millions of Americans and their families the support of hospice care at the end of life. We worked tirelessly together to establish the Medicare hospice benefit in 1983, and without him we might not have the MHB. To this point, we honor his decades of advocacy and service that have played an integral role in our health care system today.”

“On behalf of the NPHI staff and membership, we extend our deepest condolences to the Dole family.”