December Federal Update

As we near the end of the calendar year and the 117th Congress, there is much left to do, including passing a bill to fund the government after this week. But, recent positive developments can help make this a banner legislative year for You’re the Cure advocates! Please read on to learn more about how some of You’re the Cure’s federal, end of year priorities are shaping up and ways to quickly lend your voice in support.

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CAROL Act: Passes U.S. House and Senate!

The Cardiovascular Advances in Research and Opportunities Legacy or (CAROL) Act, which will prioritize research on valvular heart disease recently and unanimously passed the U.S. House and Senate and now heads to President Biden’s desk to be signed into law. This bill will have life-saving impacts across the country and is named in honor of Congressman Andy Barr’s late wife Carol who passed away suddenly. The CAROL Act will inspire scientists and researchers, create more awareness of valvular heart disease and save lives. This critical legislation will help prevent countless other families from facing the same loss as the Barr family.

Child Nutrition Reauthorization: Progress Being Made!

It has been an uphill climb but thanks to the dedication of advocates like you we are making real progress on child nutrition reauthorization. You’re the Cure advocates from across the country have spent the last few weeks meeting with their US. Senators to urge them to act now on child nutrition by strengthening nutrition standards for schools meals, as well as increasing the number of children who qualify for free, healthy school meals. These policies are a win-win for children and families! While progress is being made, we still need your help to ensure that Congress doesn’t forget about children in the sprint to the new year. Please help by adding your voice to the effort and tell Congress that child nutrition is a recipe for success for children and must be addressed BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR. Click this link to take action in seconds!

Access to health care, medical research and prevention programs and more priorities linked to end of year spending bill:

For weeks, we have been hearing rumors that Congressional leaders hoped to pass what is known as an omnibus bill to fund the government and tackle many of their end-of-year priorities. Progress is being made and negotiations are ongoing. While every advocacy organization is also looking to the potential omnibus as the vehicle for passing their own priorities, we believe that You’re the Cure is in a good place. BUT, you can help give us a better chance for many of our priorities and policies that would help us build a world of longer, healthier lives by contacting your members of Congress today! Click this link and take action to:

  • Extend telehealth coverage and flexibilities.
  • Make Medicaid postpartum coverage for one year permanent.
  • Increase funding for life-saving cardiovascular disease research and prevention programs.
  • Pass a child nutrition reauthorization.
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