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Major Stroke Legislation Introduced in Illinois

by Anne S. on Thursday, March 13, 2014

Major new stroke legislation has been introduced in both the House and Senate with the goal of keeping stroke care in Illinois moving forward.  Drafted by special committee of stroke professionals from across the state, including several AHA/ASA volunteers, House Bill 5742 and Senate Bill 3520 are progressing towards committee votes soon.  We have been hard at work gathering support for the bills, and supporters now include the official Illinois State Stroke Advisory Committee, the Illinois Dept. of Public Health, the Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network, the Midwest Stroke Action Alliance, and Stroke Survivors Empowering Each Other.  Amongst other provisions, the legislation would allow the state to recognize Comprehensive Stroke Centers and would fund the creation of a much-needed state stroke registry (an important quality improvement tool which will help ensure that stroke care continues to improve in all areas of the state).

If you are interested in helping us pass this life-saving legislation, please contact me at anne.simaytis@heart.org.

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