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  • Blog Post: Celebrating Big Win for Babies

    These are exciting times in VA! Governor McAuliffe has signed House Bill 387 and Senate Bill 183 into law, and pulse oximetry screening of all newborns will soon be the standard of care in Virginia. This new statewide policy will guarantee that each newborn in Virginia is tested for Critical Congenital...
  • Blog Post: Councilmember Alexander Promotes CPR

    On February 22, Councilmember Yvette Alexander hosted a CPR training as part of her Leadership Council Meeting. Two AHA volunteers, Sergeant Michael Forrest and Dionne Bush, led the training and taught CPR, AED, and choking relief skills to community members from Ward 7. Sergeant Michael Forrest is...
  • 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: 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: Arkansas Passes Private Option for Healthcare Access!

    On March 4th, just before the legislative session was set to close, members of the Arkansas Legislature voted to continue funding the State’s Private Option for Healthcare Coverage by a 76-24 vote – just one vote more than the three-fourths needed to approve this funding. The importance of...
  • Blog Post: It's Time for Rhode Island to Mandate Pulse Ox Screening

    Massachusetts recently joined the growing list of states that require newborns to be screened for critical congenital heart defects using a simple, non-invasive and inexpensive pulse oximetry (pulse ox) test. Congratulations to our fellow You’re the Cure advocates in the Bay State for making this...
  • Blog Post: Jodi Lemacks

    Jodi Lemacks, Virginia In June of 2003, my third child, Joshua, was born via c-section. Diagnosed with a Critical Congenital Birth Defect (CCHD) before birth, he was immediately whisked away to the hospital next door for his first of three open heart surgeries, without me even getting a glimpse of...
  • 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: Look At All We've Done

    In the hustle and bustle of life, it seems there is always something that needs our attention. Maybe it’s a lunch appointment, a meeting after work – did you remember to call your mom to wish her a happy birthday? With so many things monopolizing our time, it begs the question: “Why...
  • Blog Post: New Hampshire's Lawmakers Pass Expanded Healthcare Coverage

    New Hampshire has passed a bipartisan plan to get thousands covered by health insurance! One component of the federal law to increase access to healthcare coverage for currently uninsured adults is the expansion of NH's population eligible for coverage under the Medicaid program. In March the NH...
  • 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: Opening Day!

    Opening Day! Apparently, only the MLB believes that spring actually started in March this year. Mother Nature does not agree. I was awoken last night by the sounds of plows. Yup. Had to scrape the car again this morning However, today is opening day. The Sox play any minute now. I firmly believe that...
  • 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: Help Coming to Montana for STEMI Patients

    Guest Blogger: Gina Esparza Montana just received a little extra assistance when it comes to saving lives – in the form of a $4.6 million grant from The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust to implement a three year Mission: Lifeline initiative. Advocates and health leaders from across...
  • Blog Post: Celebrate CPR Training in Schools with a Big Thank You

    With your help, we made it happen. Breanna’s Law is now official law in Maryland, and will ensure that all our high school students complete a hands-only CPR course before they graduate. This is cause for celebration! Send a big thank you to your legislators ! Right now across our country...
  • Blog Post: We Need to Come Together to End Stroke in Massachusetts

    May is stroke month, which makes it the perfect time to ask our legislators to act quickly on critical legislation that would require high quality of care for stroke patients in the Commonwealth. Stroke is the nation's No. 4 killer and a leading cause of long-term disability, every year, about...
  • Blog Post: Spend 30 minutes Learning Hands-Only CPR to Give the Gift of a Lifetime

    A twelve year old girl learned CPR in school on a Friday, and only 8 days later she used that lesson to save her grandfather’s life. A young man was shopping in a clothing store when a gentleman near him dropped to the ground. He sprang into action using CPR skills he had learned not long before...
  • Blog Post: Volunteer Named a Unsung Heroine of Massachusetts

    I am always so excited when our volunteers and advocates are recognized for their hard work! Diane Pickles was named by the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women (MCSW) as an Unsung Heroine. The MCSW is an independent state agency that was legislatively created in 1998 to advance woman of the...
  • Blog Post: The Way to Help Virginia's Uninsured Get Coverage

    Insured individuals are more likely to take their medication, more likely to control their blood pressure, and more likely to check their cholesterol levels. The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s evaluation is that access to health insurance is critical to the goals of...
  • Blog Post: CPR Matters

    Sometimes you just need a lifesaver. Quickly. The American Heart Association is creating a generation of lifesavers by making sure students learn CPR before they graduate from high school. The goal is to teach lifesaving CPR skills to as many teens and young adults as possible in every state to help...
  • Blog Post: Jennifer & Joel Griffin

    On June 8, 2012, Gwyneth Griffin, a 7th grader at A. G. Wright Middle School, collapsed in cardiac arrest. Several critical minutes passed before her father, Joel, reached her. CPR had not been initiated. “ There was no one else taking care of my daughter, so I had to ,” said Joel. Gwyneth’s...
  • Blog Post: End of Session Wrap-up

    The NYS Session has wrapped up and we're happy to report substantial progress in many areas. Here's a quick recap. CPR in Schools bill passes both houses: Thanks to the help of our dedicated advocates and the bill sponsors, Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg and Senator Mark Grisanti, we took a...
  • Blog Post: Maine is one big small town....

    Scott Nevers is an amazing guy. In the past year, he suffered a sudden cardiac arrest, was laid off and started a new business venture. He also started volunteering countless hours for the American Heart Association. CPR, AEDs and a little luck saved his life and he is bound to make the best of it. I...
  • Blog Post: Pulse Ox Screening for Newborns: RI Department of Health Releases Proposed Regulation

    Earlier this year, the American Heart Association, little heart heroes in red superhero capes, and families from Mended Little Hearts met with Governor Chafee to discuss the importance of screening all Rhode Island newborns for critical congenital heart defects using a simple, non-invasive and inexpensive...
  • 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...