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The Lupus Foundation of America Applauds New Legislation that Caps Out-of-Pocket Drug Costs

Provides Protection for People with Lupus and other Chronic Diseases WASHINGTON, Aug. 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Lupus Foundation of America (LFA) President and Chief Executive Officer, Sandra C. Raymond, issued the following statement regarding S.1630 "The Affordable Acce...

House Measure Proves Healthcare Legislation Will Fund Abortion, Says Family Research Council Action

WASHINGTON, July 31 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Last night, U.S. Rep. Lois Capps (D-Calif.) introduced an amendment to the Democratic leadership's health care bill, H.R. 3200, that would specifically include abortion in the health care legislation, solidifying the radical pro-abortion nat...

Food Illness Accountability Undermines Food Safety Overhaul: Food Safety Legislation Propped up by Antiquated Estimates Rather Than CDC Data

Foodborne illness is underreported, but 12 years of CDC FoodNet data collection confirms a difference of tens of millions between estimated and reported cases of food illness. The CDC, legislators and other public officials continue to use 10-year-old, non-substantiated estimates as the basis for...

Actuaries: Federal Long-Term Care Legislation Falls Short on Coverage Goals

WASHINGTON, July 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- According to a recent analysis by a nonpartisan group of actuaries, the currently proposed benefit structure in the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports Act (CLASS Act) will require premiums that may exceed affordable levels for...

NACDS Urges Clarifications, Enhancements in Two Pharmacy Reimbursement Provisions in House Healthcare Reform Legislation

Continues to Support Goals of Healthcare Reform Alexandria, VA (Vocus) July 20, 2009 -- Today, President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) Steven C. Anderson, IOM, CAE sent a letter to the Chairman of the Committee on W...

Pelosi Statement on Health Care Reform Legislation Passed Today by the Senate HELP Committee

WASHINGTON, July 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued the following statement today after the Senate HELP Committee passed its version of health care reform legislation: "The passage of the Affordable Health Choices Act out of the Senate HELP Committee is ...

Texas Humane Legislation Network Calls for Puppy Mill Crackdown

AUSTIN, Texas, July 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Nearly 500 emaciated, parasite-infested dogs were seized from a puppy mill operating near Bowie, Texas on July 7. The dogs, confined in filthy, overcrowded conditions, were seized just weeks after the commercial breeders' lobby defeated a bill in the Texas L...

Stem Cell Industry Expert Praises, Encourages Continued Progress on Legislation to Promote Benefits of Cord Blood

OLDSMAR, Fla., July 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Mercedes Walton, CEO of Cryo-Cell International, one of the largest and most established family cord blood banks, is praising legislative progress to date and encouraging continued momentum for existing bills through the second half of the year. ...

Lung Cancer Alliance Praises Congresswoman Donna Christensen for Introduction of Legislation to Correct Healthcare Disparities

Lung Cancer Mortality Reduction Program Included as Key Provision of Plan WASHINGTON, July 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Sweeping legislation to correct long-standing disparities in health care treatment and outcomes also includes the Lung Cancer Mortality Reduction Program, Lung Cancer Allian...

Michigan Passes Legislation to License Physical Therapist Assistants

LANSING, Mich., June 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Michigan Governor Jennifer M. Granholm signed SB 151 into law last week, requiring physical therapist assistants (PTAs) to obtain state licensure. Michigan is now the 48th state to regulate PTAs, according to the Michigan Physical Therapy Association (MPTA)...

Lung Cancer Alliance Hails Signing of Tobacco Control Legislation Into Law; Urges Action on Lung Cancer

WASHINGTON, June 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Landmark legislation giving the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) the power to regulate tobacco products was signed into law at a White House ceremony today. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081016/LCALOGO ) The federal ...

Loan Repayment Legislation Includes Physical Therapists as Frontline Providers

ALEXANDRIA, Va., June 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Legislation to establish a Frontline Providers Loan Repayment Program that includes physical therapists was introduced Tuesday by Representative Bruce Braley (D-IA). The Access to Frontline Health Care Act of 2009 (HR 2891) would encourage phys...

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons Applaud Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) For Introducing Legislation to Require Insurance Coverage for Children With Congenital Deformities

ROSEMONT, Ill., June 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) applauds Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) on introducing S. 1235, the Senate companion bill to H.R. 1339, the Children's Access to Reconstructive Evaluation and Surgery (CARES)...

Tobacco Legislation a Monumental Achievement, Says APHA

WASHINGTON, June 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is a statement from Georges C. Benjamin, MD, FACP, FACEP (E), Executive Director, American Public Health Association: "With today's House passage of the long-awaited legislation that will give the FDA authority to regulate tobacco ...

American Lung Association in Iowa Thanks Senators Harkin and Grassley for Votes to Pass Legislation Granting FDA Authority Over Tobacco Products

DES MOINES, Iowa, June 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Lung Association in Iowa is happy to report the U.S. Senate's 79 to 17 vote in favor of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (HR 1256) today. The American Lung in Association in Iowa applauds Senators Tom Har...

Minnesota Passes Legislation Allowing Mid-level Oral Health Provider

CHICAGO, May 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- History was made on May 13, 2009, as Minnesota became the first state to pass legislation allowing a "mid-level" oral health provider into state statute - enabling students who are educated under the Advanced Dental Hygiene Practitioner (ADHP) m...

Approval of Wisconsin Smoke-Free Legislation Is Historic Win for Health

Statement of Matthew L. Myers President, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids WASHINGTON, May 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Wisconsin Legislature has delivered a historic victory for health and the public's right to breathe clean air by passing legislation to make almost all workplaces, includi...

Pelosi: Health Care Legislation Will Be on the House Floor by the End of July

WASHINGTON, May 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- President Barack Obama and Speaker Nancy Pelosi spoke at a press availability following a meeting on health care reform this morning at the White House among the President, the Speaker, Vice President Joe Biden, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, and ...

Senate Introduces Legislation to Increase Access to Physical Therapist Services

ALEXANDRIA, Va., May 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The US Senate recently introduced legislation that would increase access to physical therapy services for Medicare beneficiaries by removing the need for a physician's referral or certification of the plan of care in those states in which direct ac...

New Federal Legislation Targets Toxic Chemicals in Baby Bath Products

Sen. Gillibrand's Bill Directs Cosmetic Industry to Clean Up Its Act NEW YORK, April 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) took action to protect children's health by introducing the Safe Baby Products Act, which directs the Federal Drug Administration to in...

MedicareSupplementPlans.com Says News Legislation Could Affect Physical, Speech Therapy Benefits for Medicare Recipients

MedicareSupplementPlans.com , one of California's largest independent insurance agencies specializing in Medicare supplement insurance plans, says MARS Act could remove therapy cap on Medicare services and provide seniors with access to necessary services. Los Angeles,...

Momentum Builds in Florida Legislature to Rename Proposed Legislation After Miami Heat Fan Favorite and NBA All-Star Alonzo Mourning

'Alonzo Mourning Access to Care Act' Would Provide Medigap Secondary Insurance to Florida's Most Vulnerable Kidney Patients TALLAHASSEE, Fla., April 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Former Miami Heat stand-out and NBA Defensive Player of the Year Alonzo Mourning, who is also a kidney transplant...

Avoiding No Man's Land: New Deloitte Study on Follow-on Biologics Investigates Proposed Legislation and Possible Unintended Consequences

SAN FRANCISCO, April 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Deloitte today released a study, Avoiding no man's land: Potential unintended consequences of follow-on biologics, that explores the debate on creating a regulatory pathway for the approval of follow-on biologics (FOBs), drugs that are envisioned as the bi...

Tough Legislation on Underage Drinking Seems to Save Lives

Laws on purchase and possession of alcohol, zero tolerance prevent more than 700 deaths a year, study says TUESDAY, April 7 (HealthDay News) -- Not all laws are created equal when it comes to reducing the number of drinking-related auto accidents, say researchers who analyzed the impac...

Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) Applauds Senators Akaka and Burr for Family Caregiver Support Legislation and Pledges to Support the Bill

- WWP offered guidance to Senator's Akaka and Burr in development of vitally needed legislation - JACKSONVILLE, Fla., April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Wounded Warrior Project applauds Senator Daniel Akaka (D-HI) and Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) for their introduction of new legislation, t...

FEW Salutes House for Passing Legislation with Federal Worker Provisions; FERS Sick Leave Credit and FERS Redeposit Approved

WASHINGTON, April 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Federally Employed Women (FEW) salutes the House of Representatives for approving legislation (HR 1804) that included two very important federal worker provisions. An amendment was offered by Federal Workforce Subcommittee Chairman Stephen Lynch (D-9-...

AAOMS Applauds Legislation Enabling Medicare Patients to Rehabilitate and Recover More Efficiently From Oral and Maxillofacial Injuries

ROSEMONT, Ill., March 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) applauds the introduction of the "Medicare Oral Health Rehabilitative Enhancement Act of 2009" (H.R. 1430 IH), which would change current Medicare law that prohibits dentis...

House-Passed Legislation Crafted to Line the Pockets of Personal Injury Lawyers, Says Michigan Chamber of Commerce

LANSING, Mich., March 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Legislation passed today by the Democratically-controlled Michigan House of Representatives is a blatant attempt to line the pockets of personal injury lawyers at the expense of Michigan citizens, says the Michigan Chamber of Commerce. "By r...

South Dakota Becomes 24th State to Meet American Lung Association Smokefree Air Challenge by Passing Legislation Protecting All Workers from Secondhand Smoke

CHICAGO, March 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, South Dakota residents have reason to celebrate. South Dakota is now officially the 24th state in the nation, and the first in 2009 to pass a comprehensive smokefree workplace law protecting virtually everyone from secondhand smoke, in bo...

National Patient Advocate Foundation Applauds Senators Lautenberg and Brown and Representatives Schwartz and DeGette for Introduction of Legislation to Protect Health Care Coverage for Children

Children's Health Protection Act Will End Pre-Existing Coverage Limitations for Children With Private Insurance, Safeguard Access to Care for Children With Chronic Illness WASHINGTON, March 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Patient Advocate Foundation (NPAF) - a national, non-profit ...

The National Kidney Foundation of Florida Commends Senator Thad Altman, Representative Ritch Workman for Co-Sponsoring 'Common Sense' Legislation Widely Hailed as 'Good for Patients, Good for Taxpayers, Good for Florida'

SB 1022/HB 675 Bill Would Provide Access to Medigap as Additional Coverage Option For Florida Kidney Failure Patients Who Qualify TALLAHASSEE, Fla., March 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Kidney Foundation of Florida (NKF of Florida) praised Senator Thad Altman and Representative Ri...

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons Applaud Congresswoman McCarthy's Legislation to Require Insurance Coverage for Children With Congenital Deformities

ROSEMONT, Ill., March 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) applauds Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY) on her recent introduction of H.R. 1339, the Children's Access to Reconstructive Evaluation and Surgery (CARES) Act , which ...

Faith Leaders Call on Iowa Members of Congress to Support Legislation to Protect Kids from Tobacco

DES MOINES, Iowa, March 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A diverse coalition of clergy and lay members from faith organizations throughout Iowa held a press conference today to call on U.S. Senators Tom Harkin and Charles E. Grassley and the entire Iowa congressional delegation to support legislation...

ASPS Applauds Introduction of Legislation to Increase Access to Reconstructive Surgery for Children

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill., March 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) today announced its strong support of H.R. 1339, the "Children's Access to Reconstructive Evaluation and Surgery Act" -- or CARES Act. This bi-partisan legislation was introduced today in th...

CPTA Applauds Legislation to Ease Patient Access to Physical Therapy Services

SACRAMENTO, Calif., March 5 /PRNewswire/ -- The following is being issued by Cheryl Resnik, PT, DPT, President, California Physical Therapy Association: "AB 721 will streamline the health care process for thousands of Californians who have had to endure long waits and associated, unnecessary ...

Virginia Faith Leaders Call on Senators Webb & Warner to Support Legislation to Protect Kids from Tobacco

RICHMOND, Va., March 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A diverse coalition of clergy and lay members from faith organizations throughout Virginia held a press conferenc...

New Health Care Legislation Stops 'Opportunistic' Insurance Pricing

LOS ANGELES, March 5 /PRNewswire/ -- With the nation focused on health care reform, California Assemblyman Paul Cook (R-Yucca Valley) recently announced Assembly Bill 562 ( AB 562 ), legislation aimed squarely at providing relief to businesses and consumers that have fallen victim to price gougi...

Innovative Plans by Major Arizona-Based Developer Sparks Landmark Energy Conservation Legislation in Multiple States to Urge Federal Action at Wall Street Journal Conference This Week with Gore, Google CEO & T. Boone Pickens

Follows Agreement with Microsoft to Improve, Automate Health Care in Master-Planned Communities SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., March 3 /PRNewswire/ -- His company owns tens of thousands of acres across the West but it's his company's ideas that are sparking legislation in multiple states that would radic...

Virginia Faith Leaders Call on Sens. Webb & Warner to Support Legislation to Protect Kids From Tobacco

Press Conference March 5 at 11 a.m. in Richmond RICHMOND, Va., March 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Faith and public health leaders from Virginia will hold a press conference on March 5 in Richmond to call on U.S. Senators Jim Webb and Mark Warner and the entire Virginia Congressional Delegat...

Virginia Leaders Should Reject Flawed Smoke-Free Legislation That Fails to Protect Everyone's Right to Breathe Clean Air

WASHINGTON, Feb. 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following statement of Matthew L. Myers, President, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, was released today: (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20080918/CFTFKLOGO ) The smoke-free restaurant legislation announced today in Virginia fai...
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