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  • Blog Post: The day has arrived...pulse ox law goes into effect!

    American Heart Association volunteers across the state are celebrating the day a critical newborn screening test officially went into effect. For nearly a year, advocates met with their legislators, hosted a press conference, and wrote letters to get the Pulse Ox bill passed and signed into law. Gov...
  • Blog Post: Prevention & Wellness Trust Grants Awarded

    This week, the Department of Public Health announced nine recipients of the first awards from the $60 million Massachusetts Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund. This funding will help Massachusetts combat health disparities and reduce preventable health conditions that are costly to our residents and...
  • 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: NYS Legislative session off and running...

    State legislators have returned to Albany... and there has been of flurry of activity in the first month back. Here's what's happening now: Governor's Budget - 16.2% of adults across the state still smoke. And 8.5 million adult New Yorkers are considered overweight or obese. At a time...
  • 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: Infographic: Affordable Care Act- Protecting Patients with Congenital Heart Disease

    Learn about the protections and rights congenital heart defect patients have under the health care law.
  • Blog Post: Heart of a Friend

    At our mid-December Advocacy Committee meeting, I got to do one of the best things about being a volunteer with the American Heart Association Advocacy Committee. I was privileged to present the AHA "Heart of a Friend" Award to North Carolina State Representative Jim Fulghum. Dr. Fulghum is...
  • Blog Post: Juddson Rupp

    Juddson Rupp, North Carolina I didn’t remember anything from my week in the hospital, but when a friend brought in a copy of the six o’clock news from October 27, 2000 I quickly realized that either that was a slow news day or that I was one lucky miracle survivor with an important story...
  • Blog Post: Little Heart Heroes Take On the RI State House

    The American Heart Association and Mended Little Hearts recently met with Governor Chafee to raise awareness of congenital heart disease and to discuss the importance of screening all Rhode Island newborns for critical congenital heart defects using a simple, non-invasive and inexpensive pulse oximetry...
  • Blog Post: Advocates and Legislators Support Breanna‚Äôs CPR Bill at MD Lobby Day

    The American Heart Association, the Maryland Women’s Legislative Caucus, and the American College of Cardiology hosted our 2014 Maryland Legislative Event and Lobby Day on February 6 th in the House Building in Annapolis. It was a very successful event and greatly appreciated by all those who attended...
  • Blog Post: Victory for Pulse Ox!

    Victory!! The Pulse Ox Bill is on the Governor’s desk! Thanks to your continued advocacy the House and Senate took final action and passed the legislation that would require newborn screening for congenital heart defects with pulse ox! This would not have been possible without our legislative champions...
  • 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...