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  • Blog Post: Get Covered, Stay Covered!

    More than 10 million Americans gained affordable health insurance in 2014. Starting on November 15, individuals and their families can sign up or renew their coverage for 2015 using the Health Insurance Marketplace. The Marketplace offers quality health plans and financial assistance to help pay for...
  • Blog Post: FDA Announces Plan to Help Improve Health Equity for Women and Minorities

    A new action plan released by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to increase the participation of women, minorities, and the elderly in research trials was welcomed today by four leading health organizations as taking an important step toward closing the health care disparities gap. The groups called...
  • Blog Post: Our new anthem: life is why

    School behavioral specialist Carla Leonard had her hand on her heart during the Pledge of Allegiance when a heart attack nearly killed her. Her doctor didn’t mince words with her family afterward: “If I didn’t have surgery, they should pick out a dress for my funeral,” she said...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Testifies about the Personal Toll of Chronic Diseases

    You're the Cure advocate Stephanie Dempsey of Blairsville, Georgia, testified Tuesday in Washington about the impact of chronic disease. The hearing was to begin a conversation on chronic care, according to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Sen. Ron Wyden, D- Oregon. Dempsey, age 44, said she...
  • Blog Post: 7 Million Enrolled: An Affordable Care Act Update

    Accessible, affordable health care is critical to preventing and treating heart disease and stroke. That makes the progress made during this first 6-month open enrollment period of the Health Insurance Marketplace something to recognize. When open enrollment closed on March 31 st , 7.5 million Americans...
  • Blog Post: Knowing Which Medical Products Are Best for Each Person -- It Just Makes Sense

    Check out American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown's latest Huffington Post blog post about the need to address health disparities in clinical trials. "Turn on your television at any point during the day or night and you will likely run across an ad for a prescription drug, along with a...
  • Blog Post: Heart/Stroke Patients Make Headway as the Affordable Care Act Turns Four

    Washington, D.C., Mar. 23, 2014 – American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown issued the following comments today on the fourth anniversary of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which was signed into law on March 23, 2010 : “As we mark this anniversary of the ACA, it’s important to think...
  • Blog Post: Time is Running Out to Get Covered

    Having quality health care coverage is critical to preventing and treating heart disease and stroke. That’s why we want to make sure everyone knows that the deadline to enroll in a plan through the Health Insurance Marketplace is March 31 st ! Since the Marketplace opened on October 1 st , 2013...
  • Blog Post: Our #CHDweek Message: Pulse Ox Saves Lives!

    Critical Congenital Heart Disease (CCHD) accounts for 27% of infant deaths that are caused by birth defects - the most common birth defect in the U.S. Early detection is key, which is why advocates across the country are speaking up for a simple, life-saving test for all newborns. Pulse oximetry screening...
  • Blog Post: You're Invited!

    Throughout American Heart Month, you've helped raise awareness about heart disease in women by wearing red and speaking up about the risk factors we face. But just how much progress is being made in the fight against our nation's No. 1 killer of women? To answer that question and more, join us...
  • Blog Post: The 2013 State Legislative Wrap-Up is Here!

    Today’s blog post is by Mark Schoeberl, the American Heart Association’s Executive Vice President of Advocacy and Health Quality I am pleased to again this year present you with our annual report of state and local public policy progress . We take pride in the diligent efforts of our advocates...
  • Blog Post: Help Stop Therapy Caps

    If you had a stroke and needed therapy to regain your ability to walk, talk, and carry out daily activities, would you want there to be a limit on the amount of therapy your health care plan covered? For stroke patients on Medicare, these ‘therapy caps’ are a real concern. Limits on outpatient...
  • Blog Post: Understanding the Financial Costs of Stroke Caregiving

    Being the family caregiver of a stroke survivor is often rewarding but it also can take an enormous physical and emotional toll on the caregiver. In addition, there can be significant financial costs that can come with being a family caregiver- an issue often overlooked and less understood. Nearly...
  • Blog Post: Now Open: Health Insurance Marketplace

    You’re the Cure advocate Vance Lobe has had October 1 st marked on his calendar for a while. That’s because starting today, Vance and millions of other uninsured Americans will have access to affordable health care options through the new Health Insurance Marketplace . As a heart disease...
  • Blog Post: Toolkit: Covering All Americans

    Accessible, affordable health care is critical to the fight against heart disease and stroke- and after decades in which the number of people without health insurance has been increasing, we have an unprecedented opportunity to expand coverage to millions of Americans. Beginning October 1st, 2013, uninsured...
  • Blog Post: Coming Soon: Health Insurance Marketplace

    We’re quickly approaching a significant milestone in the effort to ensure more Americans are able to access and afford the health care coverage they need. In less than 100 days, open enrollment will begin for the Health Insurance Marketplace (sometime referred to as ‘exchanges’). The...
  • Blog Post: AHA Voices Support For Bipartisan Medication Management Bill

    Washington, D.C., April 25, 2013 — American Heart Association President Donna Arnett, Ph.D., M.S.P.H., issued the following comments today on the “Medication Therapy Management Empowerment Act of 2013,” sponsored by Senators Kay Hagan, D-N.C., and Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Representatives...
  • Blog Post: The Affordable Care Act Turns 3 This Week!

    Saturday, March 23 rd marks the 3 rd anniversary of the health reform law, the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Like any 3-year-old, the law is growing and evolving and has not reached its full potential. However, even in its early years the ACA has benefited people with heart disease and stroke and many of...
  • Blog Post: Pursuing Pulse Ox Around the Country

    All across America, You're the Cure advocates and American Heart Association staff are working to ensure newborn babies are screened for congenital heart defects before they leave the hospital. A quick, painless screening using pulse oximetry- really just like a Band Aid placed on the toe or finger...
  • Blog Post: Congressional Women ‘Go Red’ For American Heart Month

    A bipartisan group of women from the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate joined the American Heart Association on Valentine’s Day to ‘Go Red’ in support of the 43 million women who are currently living with heart disease. Women members from the House and Senate gathered for...
  • Blog Post: Senator Elizabeth Warren: Why I 'Go Red'

    The following message was written by Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts to her constituents about why she is wearing red this Valentine's Day: I'm going to have to put off baking my Valentine's Day cake until I can get back home on Friday. I have my heart-shaped pans, but the oven...
  • Blog Post: Recording Now Available: Women's Heart Health Webinar

    We were so thrilled to have hundreds of advocates join us tonight for the 3rd annual State of Women's Heart Health webinar. Thank you to Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, and Million Hearts initiative Director...
  • Blog Post: It's time to break out the red!

    Tomorrow is National Wear Red Day and the start of American Heart Month! Since the first National Wear Red Day 10 years ago, tremendous strides have been made in the fight against heart disease in women, including: 21% fewer women have died from heart disease 23% more women aware are that...
  • Blog Post: You're Invited! State of Women's Heart Health Webinar

    Are you ready to kick-off American Heart Month in a big way? Join us for the 3rd Annual State of Women's Heart Health webinar! This informative discussion with some of our nation's health leaders- including Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Food and Drug Administration...
  • Blog Post: “Hello! My name is ____”

    It’s time to welcome the 113 th Congress! We all know the best welcomes are personal, so we’re asking You’re the Cure advocates to introduce themselves to their members of Congress by recording a video and uploading it to Facebook. We’re calling it the “Hello, my name...