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A New Special Enrollment Period is Here!

Open Enrollment is the annual period when individuals and families without health insurance can sign up for a quality, affordable health plan through Health Insurance Marketplace established by the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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A New Special Enrollment Period is Here!

Open Enrollment is the annual period when individuals and families without health insurance can sign up for a quality, affordable health plan through Health Insurance Marketplace established by the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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A New Special Enrollment Period is Here!

Open Enrollment is the annual period when individuals and families without health insurance can sign up for a quality, affordable health plan through Health Insurance Marketplace established by the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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Montana 2021 Legislative Session Wrap-Up

The 2021 legislative session has officially wrapped up. It was a challenging year for some of AHA's priority issues and we wanted to give a brief recap of the wins and losses from this legislative session. 

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GUEST VLOG: Abby Chats with First Lady of Arkansas Susan Hutchinson

American Heart Association youth advocate and guest vlogger, Abigail Davis talks #TobaccoEndgame and gets to know First Lady of Arkansas Susan Hutchinson in the latest episode of The LubDub Vlog

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GUEST BLOG: Andre the Advocate Talks Heart

Hello AHA advocates and everyone stopping by! I am Andre Scott, a resident of Houston, Texas, and a fellow AHA advocate. I am a 15-year-old sophomore in high school fascinated with cardiology and internal medicine, and additionally utilizing ways to prevent cardiovascular disease in Texas and across the country!

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Life is Why We Walk. What's Your Reason?

Life is why we walk. What's your reason? Heart Walks across the country will be kicking off soon and we hope to see you there!

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Help Us End Nicotine Addiction

We greatly appreciate your support and interest in our advocacy work on the issue of flavored tobacco products. This is an issue in every state and I’d like to give you a quick update on where the issue stands in Washington and invite you to help us with the campaign.

Washington continues to see a rise in the number of people, especially youth, using flavored tobacco products. In fact, recent data tells us that 21 percent of Washington high schoolers admit to regularly using flavored e-cigarettes/vape. Research also tells us that 8 out of 10 people who use tobacco start with a flavored product, which is why we believe restricting the sale of these enticing flavors is so important. Currently, the industry spends over $80 million a year to market their products in Washington. We must do something to fight back and help stop another generation from nicotine addiction.

During the 2021 legislative session, we supported legislation that would have restricted the sale of all flavored tobacco products including mint and menthol but unfortunately it did not make it out of committee by the first deadline. We are not giving up!  We fully intend to be back next legislative session and we need your support.

Will you pledge to help us end nicotine addiction next legislative session? By doing so, you will receive emails from us with advocacy updates and when the time is right, we will alert you to opportunities for action and outreach to state lawmakers.

Thank you for your support. If you have any questions or would like to chat, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Grace Henscheid – [email protected]

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Urge Wisconsin's Elected Leaders to Prioritize Health!

Governor Evers has signed the state budget. Some of the programs you helped us advocate for were funded, but others were not. Thankfully, we have another opportunity--but we need your voice once again!

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The 2021 Legislative Session is Complete

The 2021 legislative session wrapped up on June 26 and given the unprecedented nature of a completely virtual session partnered with the whip lash of heading into session with a deficit and ending with a giant surplus, it was one for the books.  

PASSED – Statewide Tobacco Retail Licensure:  SB 587, will create a statewide Tobacco Retail Licensing program. We have been working on this for nearly 7 years so it is very exciting to see it finally done. Oregon was one of only a handful of states without this kind of program. Now, all retailers in Oregon that sell tobacco will be required to be licensed, have annual inspections to make sure they aren’t selling to minors, are following other tobacco control laws, and have a way to hold those who fail accountable.

FUNDED Double Up Food Bucks Program: $4million dollars was allocated for the SNAP incentive program, Double Up Food Bucks. This program helps SNAP participants double their dollar to purchase more fruits and vegetables at farmers markets, farm shares and participating markets. This investment is almost triple the allocation we secured in the previous biennium.

PASSED – Online Sales Ban of Electronic Cigarettes: HB 2261 will restrict the sale of electronic cigarettes online where age verification is nearly impossible. Although the federal government made this change last December, this bill codifies the change in Oregon statute and closes even more loopholes that allowed minors to gain access to deadly tobacco products.

PASSED SNAP Navigator Program: HB 2835 supports college students, many of whom are parents, to access food and basic needs assistance by establishing navigators to work with students on college campuses to address basic needs insecurities.

We were also successful in stopping multiple bills this year that would create loopholes in the Indoor Clean Air Act.

We are proud of the progress made this year and we wanted to share this great news with you. Thank you for taking action when we needed your help and messaging your lawmakers in support of these issues.

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