Posts Tagged ‘Department of Health and Human Services’

Bill to Improve Heart Health for Women Reintroduced in the House

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

Yesterday, U.S. Rep. Lois Capps (D-Calif.) reintroduced the HEART for Women Act, which aims to improve cardiovascular health of millions of women across the country.

Specifically the bill would:

  • Require the Health & Human Services secretarty to report to Congress on the quality and access to care for women with cardiovascular disease on an annual basis.
  • Require effectiveness  and safety data classified by race, gender and ethnicity on all new experimental drugs and medical devices.
  • Expand funding eligibility to all 50 states for the CDC’s WISEWOMAN screening program

Rep. Capps feels that the HEART for Women Act will be extremely beneficial to millions of women. 

“My legislation … ensur[es] more women have access to screening for heart disease, filling the critical knowledge gaps by ensuring that healthcare professionals are informed about the risks of cardiovascular disease in women, and supporting increased data collection to identify new treatments for women,” said Capps.  

Find out more about this exciting legislation by reading AHA’s official statement.

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National Patient Groups Welcome Supreme Court Announcement to Review Affordable Care Act

Monday, November 14th, 2011

Statement of the American Cancer Society, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, American Diabetes Association and American Heart Association

WASHINGTON – November 14, 2011 – The nation’s leading groups representing patients and families living with cancer, diabetes, heart disease or stroke issued the following statement today in response to the announcement that the U.S. Supreme Court will consider the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act.

The American Cancer Society, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, American Diabetes Association and American Heart Association filed as amici curiae in multiple federal courts of appeal in support of the constitutionality of the law.

Following is a statement from the four organizations that filed the amicus brief:

“Our organizations, which represent tens of millions of people across the country who are living with cancer, diabetes, heart disease or stroke, welcome the Court’s announcement and hope that it will uphold the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act to ensure that patients with life-threatening chronic diseases can access the law’s critical protections.

“Our organizations believe that patient protections, including those that end discrimination in the insurance market against people with pre-existing conditions, rely on the individual responsibility requirement. These provisions significantly improve the health care system for chronic disease patients and their families by expanding access to quality, affordable health care; reducing the cost burden on families; and refocusing the system to emphasize prevention.

“For decades our organizations have worked to expand access to health care nationwide and to boost our nation’s emphasis on disease prevention and management. As any patient knows, chronic disease strikes people without regard for their opinions or political persuasion. We are optimistic that timely review by the nation’s highest court will help to mitigate confusion and allow implementation to continue in a way that supports and strengthens provisions of the law that enable patients with chronic diseases to access quality, affordable health care.”

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New Heart-Healthy Benefits in Medicare

Friday, November 11th, 2011

Medicare just made it easier for those over 65 to live heart-healthy! On Thursday, November 11, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that Medicare will offer more free preventative services that aim to help reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke.  These new benefits are in addition to the many free prevention services established under the Affordable Care Act and are crucial to ensure that our seniors will live well into their golden years. 

Specifically, those in Medicare can receive a yearly in-person meeting with a qualifying primary care practitioner to talk about heart disease and stroke prevention, get screened for hypertension, and discuss healthy eating habits. Read more about the new benefit and see if you or a loved one qualifies for the valuable service. 

This new benefit is a part of the Million Hearts initiative that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced in conjunction with CMS and the Centers for Disease Control. The American Heart Association is a proud partner of the Million Hearts initiative and supports its goal of preventing a million heart attacks and strokes by 2017. To find out more information, visit the Million Hearts website

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New Health Insurance Resources Launch July 1st

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

Have you or a loved one had a heart attack, stroke, diabetes, or other pre-existing medical condition and been without health insurance coverage for at least six months? If so, you may be eligible for a new insurance program, called Pre-existing Condition Insurance Plans, that was created by the new health care reform law, the Affordable Care Act, and begins in many states starting July 1st. The exact terms and conditions of the coverage will vary depending on which state you live in. Enrollment in about half the states begins July 1st, with the remaining states beginning enrolling people in their plans later this The new site is aimed at helping consumers navigate the maze of health care coverage options, both private and public, and better understand what the new health reform law means for them.

Although these new plans may not be a feasible option for everyone, they could be a more affordable insurance option for individuals who’ve had difficulty getting coverage in the individual insurance market because of their medical condition. These plans are intended to provide transitional coverage to those who are currently uninsured until January 2014, when additional insurance options and assistance with paying premiums will be made available through state-based health insurance marketplaces called exchanges.

To help you learn more about these new Pre-existing Condition Insurance Plans or other insurance options that may be available to you, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has launched a new website,

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AHA’s CEO issues statement on new dependent coverage regulation

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

The American Heart Association applauds the Administration for issuing regulations today that will allow young adult children to remain on their parents’ health insurance until age 26. In addition to helping more young people obtain the care they need to remain healthy, this new law affords important protections for young adults with congenital heart defects or other pre-existing conditions. Children and adults with congenital heart disease face many challenges in finding affordable and adequate health care coverage. As a result, some young people delay necessary treatments or skimp on medications to avoid costs, often with serious medical consequences. This new rule will allow many young adults to remain covered under their parents’ medical plans until they are better established and able to afford coverage on their own or get coverage through an employer.
To learn more about the dependent coverage regulation, visit the Health and Human Services Department’s resources.
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