As the health care reform debate continues across the country you might be wondering how it will affect the American Heart Association’s efforts in pushing tobacco control in Oklahoma. Currently there are provisions included that relate to coverage for prevention and cessation services in private and public health insurance plans, as well as funding for prevention programs that could include tobacco.
It’s important that our elected members of Congress understand the importance of such programs. The fight is not over and prevention programs could easily become a sacrifice should Congress seek to reduce the cost of health reform. No matter what side you fall on we can all agree that prevention is key to lowering health costs and reforming our current system.
For updates from AHA on the healthcare reform issue please visit our National YTC blog at: http://yourethecure.blogspot.com