We want to express our sincere thanks to advocates Miriam Plitt, Lisa Deck and Andy DeLoreto for representing Rhode Island at the 2017 Heart on the Hill event in Washington, DC!
The group traveled to our nation's capital in late-June with Megan Tucker, Senior Director of Government Relations, for meetings with the RI Congressional Delegation and their staffs. They were joined by hundreds of volunteers from across the country who were calling on their elected officials to lift the burden of heart disease and stroke. Specific asks included: urging Members of Congress to increase the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) budget by $2 billion for 2018, and make NIH-funded heart and stroke research a national priority; asking members to cosponsor a cardiac rehabilitation supervision bill (H.R. 1155/S. 1361) and the Furthering Access to Stroke Telemedicine (FAST) Act (H.R. 1148/S. 431); and telling members to oppose the health care bill.