Thursday, March 3, 2011

Senators Stabenow and Murkowski reintroduce HEART for Women Act (USA)

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) have reintroduced legislation to ensure that heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases are more widely recognized and effectively treated in women. The Heart disease Education, Research and Analysis, and Treatment (HEART) for Women Act would make sure that healthcare data reported to the federal government is classified by gender, race and ethnicity. It would also require the U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary to submit an annual report to Congress on the quality of and access to care for women with CVD. Additionally, the measure would expand eligibility for funding to all 50 states for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's WISEWOMAN screening program for low-income, underinsured uninsured women. Currently the program is available in only 20 states

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