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Governor Bredesen Declares Tennessee Patient Advocacy Day to Promote Healthcare Accessibility for All
Date:6/17/2008

nd Memphis Councilman Myron Lowery. Taking the initiative in Tennessee to address the varied challenges and opportunities in access to healthcare, and spearheading the state's second Patient Advocacy Day are volunteer State Policy Liaisons for NPAF, Mary Fujii of East Tennessee and Robert C. Santee, Jr. and Wendy G. Santee, of West Tennessee.

By declaring June 19 Patient Advocacy Day, Governor Bredesen offered a proclamation affirming the state's commitment to stand in voice and action as an advocate for all patients, based on principles such as:

-- Access to healthcare is a basic human need and a shared societal

responsibility--

-- All patients, even those experiencing financial hardship, need access to

timely and sustained medical care--

-- A serious diagnosis should open a patient's door to relevant

clinical information; access to the medical care system; help reaching

informed and independent decisions, and the benefits of appropriate

support--

-- Continued, collaborative, and creative efforts among all levels of

government, private industry, health care providers, and citizenry are

required to overcome the challenge of ensuring healthcare to those in

need and obstacles to progressive, fair, fiscally sound, and effective

healthcare for every citizen

Nationally, NPAF fills an important void in health policy efforts by collecting objective data within the framework of patient access that is not sourced from government or insurance companies. "Our organization is a valuable resource to legislators and others who seek to advocate for better outcomes and better lives for patients. We are available to patients both during and after a health or medical crisis," said Nancy Davenport-Ennis, President and CEO of the National Patient Advocate Foundation. "We work first-hand with patients daily who have life-threatening diseases, and we
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