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  • Blog Post: Save the Date - 2015 Iowa Legislative Breakfast!

    Join us for our annual 2015 Legislative Breakfast! Stop by anytime between 7:30 AM—9:30 AM to introduce yourself to your lawmakers and enjoy a heart healthy breakfast! We will have information so you can learn more about our newest issues and we will also provide you with materials you can give...
  • Blog Post: Kansas Hospitals Not Required to Administer Lifesaving Pulse Ox Test to Newborns

    A simple test could save a child’s life, but hospitals in Kansas are not required to offer it. This inexpensive, easy, lifesaving test to detect critical congenital heart defects, known as pulse oximetry, is required in more than 30 states across the country including Missouri. The Kansas Department...
  • Blog Post: MNSure is Live!

    The Minnesota Health Insurance Exchange, known as MNSure, launched on Oct 1st. The exchange was created as part of Federal Healthcare Reform. The American Heart Association in Minnesota provided commentary and guidance both on our own and as a co-chair of the Patient Advocacy Committee in Minnesota as...
  • Blog Post: Get Covered Illinois Launches

    AHA/ASA Chicago Board President Donald Lloyd-Jones, MD spoke today at a press conference organized by Illinois Governor Pat Quinn announcing the launch of Get Covered Illinois, the Illinois healthcare marketplace mandated by the Affordable Care Act. Dr. Lloyd-Jones spoke about the importance of preventative...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Butch & Susie Gibbs

    Butch & Susie Gibbs Iowa On April 2, 2004, I was performing in our annual community play which ended a little after 9:00pm and as the play ended, I started having chest pain. Not long after arriving home, I went into sudden cardiac arrest. My wife, Susie, had already called the ambulance when...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Mandy Forkner

    Mandy Forkner Iowa As a mother, I'm thrilled that the State of Iowa just passed pulse oximetry legislation that requires all newborn babies to be screened for critical congenital heart defects prior to leaving the hospital! Congenital heart defects are the number one birth defect. Take it from...
  • Blog Post: Doctor Appointments: Be Your Own Advocate

    Do you know what questions to ask your healthcare team so you can take an active part in your heart and stroke health? The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association can be your partner in making sure you’re getting the care you need. One of the most important relationships you’ll...
  • Blog Post: Governor Nixon Signs Chloe's Law!

    Governor Nixon signed Chloe's Law (HB 230) on Tuesday morning, July 9th at St. Louis Children's Hospital, mandating pulse oximetry screenings for all newborns in Missouri! For over a year, we have been working to pass legislation that would require all newborn babies to be given a pulse oximetry...
  • Blog Post: House Passes Pulse Ox with 88-4 Vote!

    Guess What? The House just passed Pulse Ox with a vote of 88-4! Thank you to everyone for keeping the momentum going! They heard us loud and clear…but even though we are very close to ensuring that all Iowa babies are screened for congenital heart defects, it’s not a done deal yet. We...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Kelly Manz and Chloe

    Kelly Manz Missouri Chloe's Law, named after Kelly Manz’s daughter, will finally reach the Governor’s desk in 2013! Kelly has worked long and hard to ensure that all Missouri hospitals will be required to screen newborn babies for congenital heart defects with Pulse Oximetry before...
  • Blog Post: The Ultimate Mother's Day Gift

    Guest Blogger Kelly Manz describes why having Chloe’s Law finally reach the Governor’s desk is the ultimate Mother’s Day gift! When I began this journey in 2009, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I was on a mission and I jumped in head first! I started with baby steps...
  • Blog Post: Minnesota Health Insurance Exchange Bill Signed into Law

    Governor Dayton signed the Minnesota Health Insurance Exchange Bill into law today. The new law creates an online marketplace for individuals and small businesses to shop for, compare and ultimately purchase Health Insurance. Health Insurance Exchanges were a key part of the Affordable Care Act overhaul...
  • Blog Post: AHA Advocate Provides Testimony

    On Wednesday, Feb. 13, the House Committee on Ways and Means accepted public testimony on House Bill 1001 State Budget. Interested parties were able to comment on various aspects of the bill. You're the Cure advocate Sheri Fulkerson, testified on behalf of the AHA, urging the committee to protect...
  • Blog Post: Heart on the Hill 2013 a Success!

    A big thanks to the nearly 50 advocates who came out to our Heart on the Hill at the Capitol in St. Paul yesterday. The entire day was a HUGE success! We were able to visit with nearly 90 legislators, delivering important messages and personal stories on our three priority issues – funding the...
  • Blog Post: Make A Difference Minnesota - Heart on the Hill Feb. 12

    We need your voice! One of the most impactful ways you can advocate for the American Heart Association is to meet with your legislators. Our Minnesota Lobby Day offers you the opportunity to do just that! REGISTER NOW! Tuesday, February 12, 2013, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Join other advocates to speak...
  • Blog Post: Calling all Illinois EMS Personnel and Supporters - We Need your Help!

    PLEASE JOIN US TO SHOW YOUR SUPPORT FOR EMS IN ILLINOIS AT A PRESS CONFERENCE IN SPRINGFIELD ON DECEMBER 4 WHAT Press conference announcing a new coalition to support EMS in IL. The coalition will back legislative efforts to: Designate EMS as an essential service in Illinois Secure additional...
  • Blog Post: Illinois State EMS Report

    Read the report and get the facts on EMS in Illinois. Over the past year, the IL House EMS Task Force has held hearings throughout the state to receive testimony on issues facing EMS. The recommendations made at those hearings, which include increased funding for EMS services and reforms designed to...
  • Blog Post: Affordable Care Act - Some Things you Should Know

    One of our very own South Dakota You're the Cure advocates was selected to participate in the Health Care and You Coaltion campaign to help raise awareness about the Affordable Care Act and how it might impact you or your family. Check out the South Dakota page and watch the short video to learn...
  • Blog Post: Continue the Passion from the Election!

    In the weeks leading up to Election Day we witnessed passionate Americans who voiced their opinions on candidates and were engaged in the major issues. It would be a terrible waste if all that purpose and energy are allowed to wane now that the election is over! Voting is only the first step in our...
  • Blog Post: Update on Minnesota's Health Insurance Exchange

    Justin wanted to make sure I shared this article and great news with you on the progress of Minnesota’s Health Insurance Exchange. The American Heart Association in Minnesota has been an ongoing partner in the planning of a Minnesota Health Insurance Exchange to ensure that it is consumer friendly...
  • Blog Post: My Story: David Barkley

    David Barkley Danville, IN On October 22, 2011, David experienced a heart attack caused by a 100 percent blockage of the Left Anterior Descending (LAD) artery of his heart. This type of cardiac event is nicknamed the “widow maker” because blockage of this artery is often associated with...