People lobby for all kinds of reasons in our nation’s capitol, even stroke care and prevention. It’s nice to know there is a group of lawmakers trying to help cut down the number of deaths and people disabled by this deadly disease.
It’s called the Stroke Treatment and Ongoing Prevention or STOP Stroke Act. The act has received broad bipartisan support over the years in both the House and Senate.
In fact, in 2005, Representatives Chip Pickering (R-MS) and Lois Capps (D-CA) introduced the House legislation (H.R. 898). It was later referred to the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.
In the Senate, Senators Thad Cochran (R-MS) and Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA) introduced similar legislation (S.1064) and it was also referred to the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.
But while both the Senate and House of Representatives have passed the STOP Stroke Act, it hasn’t been done in the same year. The Senate passed the act in 2002 and the House passed it in 2004. It must be passed by both the House and Senate during the same Congress in order for it to become law.
Once it does become law, the STOP Stroke Act would authorize many beneficial efforts. One would be a grant program to help states provide quality stroke care to patients, including prevention, treatment and rehabilitation services.
The act also calls for a national public awareness campaign to educate the public about stroke warning signs and how stroke can be prevented. The act would even authorize the education of medical professionals in new diagnostic technologies and therapies.
Hopefully lawmakers will come together soon to pass this important legislation, which will in turn put the dangers of stroke in the spotlight and make the public more aware of how to stop stroke or at least survive it.
Published On: January 04, 2007