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Support HRS’ Advocacy Efforts- Participate in the Virtual Fly-in February 23, 2012

Posted by Kathleen Blake, MD, MPH, FHRS in Atrial Fibrillation (AF), Health Policy.
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The Heart Rhythm Society, in collaboration with other stakeholders, is educating Members of Congress, their staff and the public about heart rhythm disorders. During the American Heart Month, HRS is organizing a virtual fly-in on February 23.  We ask HRS members and non-members to email their House Representatives and urge them to co-sponsor the AF Resolution (H. Res. 295).

H. Res. 295, introduced by Rep. Kay Granger (R-TX), Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD) and Rep. Charles Gonzalez (D-TX), would promote increased awareness, diagnosis, and treatment of atrial fibrillation, in an effort to address the high morbidity and mortality rates associated with AF, and to prevent avoidable hospitalizations associated with this condition.

The Senate passed a related resolution last year by unanimous consent. At present, 40 House of Representatives support the AF Resolution. More co-sponsors are needed for it to be brought to the House floor for a vote.  Help this effort by e-mailing your House Representative and requesting their support for the AF Resolution. If your Representative already supports the bill, the website will send him/her a thank you letter.

Kathleen Blake, MD, MPH, FHRS
Chair, Health Policy Committee
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