Stroke issues continue to be at the top of the agenda in Washington, DC, and your voice is needed more than ever! Members of Congress are considering important legislation that, if passed, would increase the speed of diagnosis and treatment for patients experiencing a stroke. The Furthering Access to Stroke Telemedicine (FAST) Act would achieve this goal by expanding access to telestroke technology to those who need it most.
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In May, Senator Kirk (IL), a stroke survivor himself, introduced the Furthering Access to Stroke Telemedicine (FAST) Act in the U.S. Senate. This bill requires Medicare to cover telestroke services regardless of location, ultimately making it easier for patients to connect with specialists. Congressman Griffith (VA-09) introduced similar legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives with Congresswoman Beatty (OH-03), another stroke survivor.
We ask that you contact you Members of Congress today and urge them to co-sponsor and/or support the FAST Act (S. 1465/H.R. 2799). With their support, we can increase the speed of diagnosis and treatment for stroke patients nationwide.
The few minutes it takes for you to contact your members of Congress will have a lasting impact. We’ve provided everything you’ll need, including a draft letter for you to personalize. Join the rest of the stroke community in asking Congress to expand access to telestroke services.
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