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GUEST BLOG: Healthy Head, Healthy Heart

Can you believe the holidays are right around the corner? While the holidays often mean family, Christmas, and good cheer, this month I want to talk about something that’s also all too real during this season: depression.

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Doctor listening to a child's heart.

Help Implement Medicaid Expansion Now

Even though the voters of Nebraska approved Medicaid Expansion to help 90,000 Nebraskans in 2018, it still has not been implemented. Nebraska Health and Human Services is proposing a complicated and unnecessary waiver. This waiver not only will delay expansion until October 2020 but also institutes work requirements to gain benefits.

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Join us in Sioux Falls

We're hosting an Advocacy Summit in Sioux Falls next month on December 7th and would love to see you!

 Will you join us? 

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We Beat Big Tobacco in Colorado!

We did it! 

With the help and support of advocates like you, we took on Big Tobacco this November at the ballot box and WON!  This Tuesday, voters in Eagle County, Summit County, Pitkin County, Glenwood Springs, New Castle, Crested Butte, and Vail made their voices heard and passed ballot initiatives which will raise the tax on tobacco and nicotine products, including e-cigarettes.  And with over 33% of Colorado school children reporting using tobacco or nicotine products - 27% saying they used e-cigarettes - this victory could not come soon enough.  

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Introducing Sarah Rivin, AHA's new Oklahoma Government Relations Director!

We’d like to share the good news that Sarah Rivin will be joining the American Heart Association to serve as our Oklahoma Government Relations Director.  

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Lies Kill

AHA Launches Major Tobacco Initiative: Tells Big Tobacco to #QuitLying

This November, the American Heart Association’s CEO Nancy Brown announced a major campaign to combat the youth tobacco epidemic. This three-pronged approach will involve a record level of research funding, policy advocacy and youth activation intended to urgently address the epidemic of youth e-cigarette use.

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We need your help Dec. 3rd

Did you know that 80% of tobacco users started with a flavored tobacco product? Flavors, including menthol, makes tobacco products more pleasant.

We all know that traditional cigarettes have nicotine – the addicting component of tobacco – in them, but nearly all e-cigarettes do too. Scientific studies show that no tobacco product that contains nicotine is safe for youth use as brains are still developing until age 25!

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Words that say The Youth E-Cig Epidemic Ends Now

Tips for talking to kids about e-cigarettes/vaping

This past month we’ve had a chance to sit down with students, parents, teachers, school administrators, physicians, and lawmakers to talk about the current youth vaping epidemic. It is heart-breaking to hear them describe situations like trying to help a 12-year-old break free from nicotine addiction. It is infuriating to see how these devices, with their appealing flavors and “harmless” marketing are doing exactly as they intended: creating a new generation of nicotine addicts.

As a parent of a middle-school aged child I have taken the time to sit down and discuss with her the concerns I have with vaping and get a chance to listen to her talk about what she is seeing, and answer questions she has. As much of an “expert” as I like to think I am, I still struggled with certain things and wanted to share a few resources with you to help aid your discussions that you’ll have with your kids, grandkids, siblings, or peers.

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Did you know?

Did you know that 80% of tobacco users started with a flavored tobacco product? Tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, are incredibly addictive and despite the work Montana has done to address the issue there is still more that can be done.

After decades of seeing the smoking rate drop, we are now seeing the use of e-cigarettes skyrocket especially among young people. Recent surveying revealed 30.2% of Montana high school students are using e-cigarettes. The American Heart Association is concerned and we are not alone. In late 2018 the US Surgeon General declared it an epidemic.

Researchers who conducted two separate studies recently reported they found smoking e-cigarette leads to heart health problems that mirror those who have smoked traditional cigarettes.

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It's true. You may qualify for a free or low-cost health plan at healthcare.gov. Open enrollment is Nov 1 - Dec 15.

Reminder: Open Enrollment Ends December 15th!

Open enrollment is a window of time each year when individuals and families who do not have employer sponsored coverage can enroll in, or make changes to their health insurance coverage.

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