Saturday, September 12, 2009

New Charts On Health Care Reform HR 3200

Health Care for America Now has some new fact sheets available about HR 3200, the U.S. House of Representative's bill that NOBCCF supports for health care reform.

It explains a little more clearly the options that will be available for everyone.

Link to charts (pdf)

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Ohio Health IT Meeting Sept. 25 in Columbus

Breast cancer advocates should stay involved and provide input into how new electronic medical records programs are developed. Patient privacy is an important issue.

Governor Ted Strickland has issued a statement announcing health information technology efforts aimed at reducing health care costs and improving the quality of health care in Ohio. A public forum will be held on Friday, September 25 from 10 a.m.- 11:30 a.m. to discuss the state’s health IT vision and to solicit feedback. The public forum is open to all interested parties and will be held at the Riffe Studio One Theatre, 77 S. High Street, 4th floor. Speakers at this event will include state leaders, the Ohio State Medical Association, the Ohio Hospital Association, the Ohio Osteopathic Association, and By Ohio. There will also be plenty of time for Q&A following the presentation.

Please click here to view the release issued by the Governor’s office regarding the Health IT effort. Please contact with specific questions regarding Health IT.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Sen. Harkin Appointed Chair of Senate HELP Committee

Congratulations to Senator Tom Harkin who has been appointed chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) Committee in the US Senate. He is filling the vacancy resulting from the recent passing of Senator Ted Kennedy, who chaired the committee for many years.

Senator Harkin, of Iowa, has been a passionate, dedicated advocate for many years on cancer and health care-related issues. He has experienced the loss of his own sister and niece to breast cancer and has vowed to do everything in his power to help end the disease. One of his most significant accomplishments was helping create and establish the Dept. of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program, which has provided over $2 billion for innovative breast cancer research in the US.

Those who have attended National Breast Cancer Coalition's Annual Advocacy Conference & Lobby Day have likely met Sen. Harkin. He has received numerous awards from NBCC for his work and loves to visit with advocates and encourage their work. His fiery, passionate speeches at NBCC's Lobby Day reception are the highlight of everyone's trip, leaving everyone to wipe away a few tears as they shout and cheer.

Congratulations, Senator Harkin!