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  • Blog Post: What the Affordable Care Act means for You

    The health care law aims to make health coverage more affordable and accessible for individuals and families. In North Carolina, some changes have already taken place. Others will be phased in from now through 2014. This year our state lawmakers will be making decisions that impact how North Carolina...
  • Blog Post: Advocates Defend NIH Funding

    Funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will be cut by about $2.4 billion or at least 8% in January 2013 as a result of automatic across-the-board cuts (or sequestration) required by the Budget Control Act of 2011. These reductions would be in addition to any made in the regular funding process...
  • Blog Post: Kim Landreth

    Kim Landreth, North Carolina All I ever wanted was to be a mother. Then six months into my pregnancy I found out that my baby girl would be born with a heart defect. We were devastated and so afraid of what was to come for our little girl. Olivia was born in Jan. 2008 with a heart defect that later...
  • Blog Post: Anne Howell

    Anne Howell, North Carolina I inherited a condition from my mother known as cardiomyopathy. I have an enlarged left ventricle that pumps inefficiently causing irregular and life threatening rhythms. Two of her four daughters are afflicted with it and my sister’s daughter also has the condition...
  • Blog Post: Gail Mates

    Gail Mates, Virginia I spent most of my life watching heart disease strike family members. Both grandfathers died of heart attacks, my father suffered from several and even my mother had an enlarged heart and hypertension that made her susceptible. When my father had a stroke, I witnessed firsthand...
  • Blog Post: Neal Reynolds

    Neal Reynolds, Maryland Neal Reynolds was never an active advocate until his passion for telemedicine collided with a policy opportunity. As a physician who has spent a lot of time over the years working in hospital intensive care units, he has unique insight into how policy change for telemedicine...
  • Blog Post: Larry Calhoun

    Larry Calhoun, North Carolina Seven years ago, I completed a 75 mile charity bike ride--a proud achievement and testimony to my level of fitness to complete the ride. About a week later, I went to bed early not feeling well. I awoke at 3:00 a.m. with a pain in my chest that felt like someone tightening...
  • Blog Post: Amy Edmunds

    Amy Edmunds, South Carolina If you were a bird, what kind would you be? One day almost 9 years ago, I suddenly became a parrot, repeating myself over and over again, like Polly the Parrot. I was having a stroke! Prior to my stroke, I did not engage in any ‘at risk’ behaviors. I never smoked...