I hope you, your family, and friends are doing well. I wanted to let you know the American Heart Association is deeply concerned about the public health crisis facing our country. Our top priority regarding coronavirus (COVID-19) is the health and well-being of individuals and their families today and in the future, in every community, everywhere.
Millions of people are counting on us for science-based information, health resources, community programs and patient support. We are continuing our mission-critical work in these challenging times and we know that people with cardiovascular diseases are more likely to be seriously impacted by the virus than others.
With that in mind I wanted to give you some updates on where we are and where we are going in Missouri with our critical advocacy work.
The Legislature has not announced their limited schedule for the remainder of the session. They are regularly scheduled to adjourn on May 15th, so there will be a lot happening in the next few weeks.
We are continuing to work with lawmakers to strengthen the tobacco control legislation and fund tobacco cessation programs.
Senate Joint Resolution 60, was passed out of committee, however we continue to fight for equitable access to care for all. We strongly oppose this bill as it allows insurers to charge high premiums for pre-existing conditions while adding additional barriers for recipients.
I know this is a trying time for all of us. I want to encourage you to look at heart.org for resources we have to help you at this time. We will be in touch when we have more news to share, thank you for your support!
In the meantime please don't hesitate to reach out to me!