American Heart Association praises Senate passage of the FAST Act

September 27, 2017 Categories: Advocacy News

WASHINGTON, D.C., Sept. 27, 2017 — American Heart Association President John J. Warner, M.D., issued the following comments today on the Senate’s unanimous passage of the CHRONIC Care Act. The bill included the “Furthering Access to Stroke Telemedicine (FAST) Act:”

“The association is elated that this bipartisan healthcare bill has made its way through the Senate with unanimous support. We commend and congratulate the sponsors of the bill, which will go far in improving the lives of Medicare beneficiaries struggling with cardiovascular disease (CVD).

Included in this successful Senate legislation was the “Furthering Access to Stroke Telemedicine,” or the FAST Act, which will provide timely, high quality stroke care to more Americans through an expansion of Medicare’s telemedicine reimbursement. As more Baby Boomers age into Medicare, they will continue to wrestle with the overwhelming burden of heart disease and stroke. Legislation like the FAST Act will help us fight back against this trend by improving care management and reducing Medicare costs.

We urge the House to join the Senate in swiftly passing the FAST Act so that more Americans who are struck by a stroke can get immediate treatment through telestroke and recover without the struggle of disability.” 

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About the American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – the two leading causes of death in the world. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit heart.org or call any of our offices around the country. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

About the American Stroke Association

The American Stroke Association is devoted to saving people from stroke — the No. 2 cause of death in the world and a leading cause of serious disability. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat stroke. The Dallas-based association officially launched in 1998 as a division of the American Heart Association. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-888-4STROKE or visit StrokeAssociation.org. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association receives funding mostly from individuals. Foundations and corporations donate as well, and fund specific programs and events. Strict policies are enforced to prevent these relationships from influencing the Association's science content. Financial information for the American Heart Association, including a list of contributions from pharmaceutical companies and device manufacturers, is available at http://www.heart.org/corporatefunding.

For Media Inquiries:

Retha Sherrod: retha.sherrod@heart.org, 202-785-7929

For Public Inquiries: (800) AHA-USA1 (242-8721)

heart.org and strokeassociation.org