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  • Blog Post: Illinois Legislative Year End Wrap-up

    As we close the books on the American Heart Association’s fiscal year and inch closer to the end of the General Assembly’s 2015 overtime legislative session. Let’s take a look back at the progress we’ve made on systems of care in Illinois. We’ve made huge strides, but there’s...
  • Blog Post: 2015 Minnesota Legislative Session Wrap Up

    The 2015 Legislative Session has come to an end and we’ve had another great year working hard to push for heart-health policies in Minnesota. We have many reasons to celebrate the work in fighting for a healthier Minnesota! The Wins As the dust settles, we are excited to share the big policy wins...
  • Blog Post: Evidence Shows Stroke System Working on Hemorrhagic Strokes

    Check out this great article from the AHA / ASA Newsroom, our Stroke System work is so focused around ischemic stroke (because it’s more common), but the evidence is starting to show that the same approach improves outcomes for hemorrhagic strokes too. People with hemorrhagic strokes (brain...
  • Blog Post: AmandaJean Beaulieu Speaks on Capitol Steps in D.C.!

    One of our top advocacy volunteers and stroke survivor, AmandaJean Beaulieu spoke at U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's press conference on the Capitol Steps in D.C. yesterday morning in honor of the 5th Anniversery of the signing of the Affordable Care Act! Here is a link to AmandaJean’s...
  • Blog Post: SF790 Hearing Today!

    SF790, appropriating money to sustain the newly implemented Stroke System in MN gets a thorough hearing in the Senate HHS Finance Committee today. Thanks to Sen. Melisa Lopez Franzen for your leadership and Joanie Somes and Albert Tsai for your testimony!
  • Blog Post: First MN Legislative Breakfast was a Success!

    There are lobby days and events at the Capitol every day, but there has never been a day focused on EMS and Acute Care…until yesterday!! AHA MN partnered with the MN Ambulance Association, the College of Emergency Physicians, the MN Resuscitation Consortium, the MN Trauma System and the MN Office...
  • Blog Post: EMS Transport Protocols Bill Passes to House Floor!

    Justin Bell (AHA), Buck McAlpin (MAA) and Rep. Nick Zerwas were up at the Capitol yesterday when House File 513 passed out of HHS Reform Committee and made its way to the House floor! The bill updates EMS protocols for stroke patients and includes the newly designated stroke hospitals across MN so that...
  • Blog Post: Last Chance to Register for the MN Legislative Breakfast!

    The Minnesota Legislative Breakfast is coming up next Wednesday February 18th at the Kelly Inn! Register now to join advocates from Minnesota to speak with legislators in a strong, unified voice about the importance of acute care issues when treating heart disease and stroke. During this event you will...
  • Blog Post: Heart attack care initiative expands to Iowa with $4.6 million Helmsley grant

    The American Heart Association announced that it has received a $4.6 million grant from The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust to support the AHA’s Mission: Lifeline initiative in Iowa. "This is a great day for rural health in Iowa, and especially for heart patients and their...
  • Blog Post: Prep Yourself for the IL Legislative Session!

    Our elected officials will returned to Springfield this week, we are off and running in the advocacy department on a new legislative session as well! Before we jump right in and ask you to make those important phone calls and send those urgent emails to the legislature, here is a quick rundown of the...
  • Blog Post: Prep Yourself for the MN Legislative Session!

    Now that our elected officials have returned to St. Paul, we are off and running in the advocacy department as well. Before we jump right in and ask you to make those important phone calls and send those urgent emails to the legislature, here is a quick rundown of the issues we're going to be focusing...
  • 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...