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Advocates Thank Lawmakers for Successful 2013 Session

We had a successful Legislative Session in 2013 and wanted to thank lawmakers for their positive work to reduce heart disease and stroke in Texas.  On July 11 American Heart Association volunteers attended our July Lobby Day to thank our legislative champions, key committee members, and all of the YES votes on our bills.  Here is a quick recap on those big wins:

HB 897 - CPR in schools:  Senator Juan Hinojosa (D-McAllen)/Rep. John Zerwas (R-Simonton) – Governor Perry signed on June 14.
This legislation would establish the implementation of quality school based CPR programs requiring psychomotor CPR training as part of the standard school curriculum, establishing it as a graduation requirement.  Effective with the 2014-15 School Year.

HB 740 – Newborn screening for congenital heart defects: Rep. Myra Crownover (R-Denton)/Sen. Bob Deuel (R-Greenville) – Governor Perry signed on June 14. 
This legislation would require that all birthing facilities perform a heart defect screening on every newborn in its care prior to discharge from the birthing facility.  . 

SB 1 – State Budget that contained Heart Disease/Stroke Prevention Funding.  Authored by Rep. Jim Pitts (R-Waxahachie) and Sen. Tommy Williams (R-The Woodlands).  The AHA supported efforts to appropriate $4.5 million for the Lone Star Stroke Consortium and $500K for stroke & heart attack data collection.  The funds will be distributed by the Texas Council on Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke which is housed under the Texas Department of State Health Services.  In addition an increase in funding was secured for tobacco and cessation prevention for $10 million which now totals $28 million for the biennium. 

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Saving Lives Through Detection

You’ve helped us pass some lifesaving legislation this year and now we need your help to thank Lawmakers for their work, especially our champions who did a lot of heavy lifting within the legislative process. 

Thank Arkansas lawmakers for passing Pulse-Ox Newborn Heart Screenings!

Elected officials hear from the general public all the time, but rarely are they thanked for a job well done. You can help us cultivate positive relationships and empower members to continue to pass lifesaving measures.

HB 1468 will help reduce death and disability from congenital heart defects by requiring a simple noninvasive test that helps with detection. This test will help catch newborns with a critical defect and allow medical professionals to put a plan in place to treat the defect immediately.

It will also help catch the cases that may have gone unnoticed for years or decades. The bottom line is that HB 1468 will reduce the death and disability caused by heart disease

I’d like to highlight a few of the main players who made this new law possible including all the authors and co-authors:

Representative Kim Hammer
Representative Charlene Fite
Representative Andy Mayberry
Senator Jeremy Hutchinson
Senator Jonathan Dismang

And a special THANK YOU to Governor Mike Beebe for signing the legislation into law and for the public bill signing that brought families and individuals touched by Congenital Heart Defects at this important occasion.

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