"A child who is suffering deserves to have palliative care, but he also deserves to have curative treatment as long as there's any hope of defeating the disease. Most children, however, cannot get both. Under Medicare rules, a patient must be certified that he has less than six months to live and must give up curative treatments in order to qualify for hospice-care benefits. Unfortunately, private insurance companies usually follow the Medicare guidelines. ... Two (Ohio congressmen are pushing) legislation that would help make palliative care available to any child who needs it. It deserves quick action."