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Successful Veto Override Will Help Prevent Heart Disease

Legislature overwhelmingly overrides Governor's veto of prevention bill.

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Earlier this month, the Senate added their vote to the House veto override and resoundingly overrode the Governor’s Veto of LD 1476, An Act To Ensure Continued Coverage for Essential Health Care by a vote of 30-4. This bill was a priority of the American Heart Association and we are thrilled by the resounding nature of the votes.

This bill, sponsored by Rep. Joyce "Jay" McCreight of Harpswell, assures that all Mainers continue to have barrier-free access to life-saving screenings and preventative services even if the Federal Government makes the poor decision of repealing or gutting the Affordable Care Act.

Cardiovascular disease, including heart disease and stroke, is the leading cause of death and disability in the U.S. and second in Maine (Cancer is #1 cause of death in Maine). Unfortunately, the disease process can start early in life and is influenced over time by lifestyle behaviors. In many instances, heart disease and strokes 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.

We are very glad that most of the the Maine legislature agreed. Did your legislators vote to support health and prevent illness? Ask them.

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