House affirms that prevention pays and overrides Governor's veto of critical bill.
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Earlier today, the Maine House resoundingly overrode the Governor’s Veto of LD 1476, An Act To Ensure Continued Coverage for Essential Health Care. This bill was a priority of the American Heart Association. We hope that by the time you read this, the Senate will have as well.
Cardiovascular disease (CVD), including heart disease and stroke, is the leading cause of death and disability in the U.S . Unfortunately, the disease process can start early in life and is influenced over time by lifestyle behaviors. In many instances, CVD can be prevented if individuals modify their risk factors for the disease. Screening and preventative services are crucial to individuals’ ability to know their risks and to assure they have the tools to make healthy lifestyle changes.
LD 1476 assures that all Mainers have barrier-free access to these life-saving screenings and preventative services. That is why the American Heart Association supported LD 1476.
The Governor’s veto letter states that LD 1476 “presupposes we have a crystal ball with which to foresee healthcare in Maine.” Well, we don’t need a crystal ball to find out what happens if people don’t have access to get help to quit tobacco, blood pressure medications, statins, and the doctor recommended healthy diet and physical activity counseling they need because their insurance chooses not to cover what they need. We know that we will have a less healthy, less productive and less happy population who can’t work, play and enjoy the benefits of a healthy life.