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Partnership Calls on President to Attack Budget-Busting Crisis of Chronic Disease
Date:2/25/2009

s key cost driver in the health care system.

"With investments in prevention and disease management, we can improve not only our nation's health but our safety, quality of life, and economic security today and for future generations," said Thorpe.

"That's why we need the President's leadership on this issue, and ask that he work with our organization and other like-minded groups to advance comprehensive health reform to address this crisis."

Thorpe noted that the funding for wellness and prevention programs in the stimulus package recently passed by Congress is a step in the right direction.

"These improvements are a significant down payment in the way we approach improving health and health care in America," writes Thorpe in his letter to the President. "But more can and should be done. To address the epidemic of chronic illness, we will need comprehensive health reform that will help to realign incentives in health care to encourage and promote improvements in health and wellness."

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 awareness of the number one cause of death, disability, and rising health care costs in the U.S.: chronic disease. For more information about the PFCD and its partner organizations, please visit: www.fightchronicdisease.org.


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