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Statement by American Heart Association President Timothy Gardner, M.D. on Congressional Approval of Economic Stimulus Package
Date:2/16/2009

f care. HIT is a building block for health reform and this package will help stimulate provider adoption of HIT and address inefficiencies in the system.

Prevention-Wellness Trust

We know that through effective prevention efforts, we can greatly reduce the human and economic toll of cardiovascular disease in this country. We're pleased that $1 billion has been included in the package for immunizations for children and adults and evidence-based community and clinical strategies to fight chronic disease and reduce health care costs.

State Fiscal Stabilization Funding

We're hopeful some of the stabilization funding will be used to renovate school facilities to promote physical activity in local communities. The childhood obesity epidemic should accelerate efforts to renovate outdated, unsafe, and inadequate facilities in our nation's schools.

COBRA Assistance

Making COBRA coverage more affordable for Americans who have lost their jobs will close gaps in care for many who need ongoing treatment for chronic disease. The uninsured with heart disease or stroke have higher mortality rates and are more likely to report foregoing needed treatments due to cost.


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