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Maryland Residents Participate in Launch of National Video Campaign: 'Say 'Yes' to Health Reform'
Date:10/1/2009

seven most common chronic conditions. The total cost, including direct expenditure (e.g., health care cost) and indirect cost (e.g., lost productivity), related to these seven chronic diseases alone amount to more than $25 billion.

While these figures alone are staggering, the newly-released Web-based video campaign puts a human face on the issue in an effort to draw the attention of national policymakers so - now that they are back in Washington - do not lose sight of the concerns of the everyday Americans they represent.

Dr. Nancy Rosen, Executive Director of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependency, Maryland Chapter, and one of the 10 Maryland residents featured on the Web site, asserted "yes" to health care reform. "It's very important that the health care system emphasize prevention and wellness," said Rosen.

To date, the "Say 'Yes' to Health Reform" campaign features over 100 videos submitted by residents of Maryland as well as Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Washington, and Wisconsin. The video testimonials represent a diverse mix of concerned individuals - from patients and caregivers, to physicians, nurses and other clinicians, to business owners and local leaders. Many live with a chronic illness or care for a chronically ill friend or family member.

Through the remainder of the health care debate, the campaign Web site will be continuously updated with new video testimonials, which will be sent to Congressional members representing Maryland and other participating states.

About the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease:

The Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD) is a national and state-based coalition of patients, providers, community organizations, business and labor groups, and health policy experts committed to raising aware
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