Posts Tagged ‘SCHIP’

American Heart Association’s Successful Federal Advisory Committee Appointments

Sunday, August 1st, 2010

During the past year, the American Heart Association secured the appointments of volunteers to several federal advisory committees to help address the needs of heart disease and stroke patients. These committees include:

  • The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s Effective Health Care Stakeholders Group, which develops evidence on the effectiveness and comparative effectiveness of different treatments and healthcare interventions of importance to the Medicare, Medicaid and State Child Health Insurance programs;
  • The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Medicare Evidence Development and Coverage Advisory Committee, which advises the Department of Health and Human Services and CMS on whether medical items and services are “reasonable and necessary” for Medicare coverage; and
  • The Food and Drug Administration’s Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee, which advises the FDA commissioner on the regulation of tobacco products. The committee reviews and evaluates safety, dependence and health issues relating to tobacco.
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President Obama Signs Children’s Health Bill

Thursday, February 5th, 2009

Last night at the White House, President Obama put his signature on the State Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (SCHIP), signing it into law! Passage of this bill extends coverage to 4 million uninsured children, in addition to the 7 million children already enrolled in the program.

The bill arrived on the President’s desk quickly after a 290-135 vote in the House yesterday.

This is an exciting victory for health advocates across the country!

Click here to read the statement on the SCHIP passage by American Heart Association President Timothy Gardner, M.D.

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Senate Approves Children’s Health Insurance

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

Great News! The United States Senate last night successfully passed the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) Reauthoriazation bill by a vote of 66-32, bringing us another step closer to ensuring that nearly 11 million children from low-income families will have access to healthcare coverage. You’re the Cure advocates played an important role by sending messages to their Senators.

Now, the House or Representatives is expected to take up and pass the Senate version of the bill next week. It could be signed into law byPresident Obama before the end of next week!

Did you know heart defects are the most common birth defect in the United States, and stroke is among the top 10 causes of death in children? If signed by the President, SCHIP would ensure that more children from low-income families who are born with these conditions are not denied the opportunity to lead healthy and productive lives simply because their parents cannot afford health insurance. SCHIP also includes a state option to cover targeted low-income pregnant women through the program, as a way to provide the essential prenatal care that can help reduce birth defects.

Passage of SCHIP is a major victory for us all! Congratulations!

Check out what the American Heart Association’s new CEO, Nancy Brown, said about this issue.
See her response here.

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