On Monday January 5th Montana’s 2015 legislative session kicked off. As you might already know the Montana Legislature only convenes every two years so we want to make sure to make the most of it!
With your help last year we were able to work with the Board of Health to ensure all babies born in our great state are screened for congenital heart defects. With that victory in hand we hope to work on other issues that will make Montana a healthier state for everyone who lives here.
We will be focusing on two issues over the next few months:
Supporting Medicaid Expansion – By expanding Medicaid more people will have access to healthcare. Our hope is that helping people gain access to medical care will catch health issues early before they become catastrophic and allow those who have already experienced health problems to receive the necessary follow up care they need.
- CPR in Schools – We are asking the Board of Education to add CPR training to school curriculum. Sudden Cardiac Arrest is a leading cause of death in the U.S. and is most likely to occur outside of a hospital setting. If we can train students in this lifesaving skill we will add thousands of potential lifesavers into our communities each year.
We will call on you from time to time to reach out to lawmakers with messages of support. Please keep an eye out for our emails and take action when you can.
Thank you for everything you do and your support of the American Heart Association!