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National Stroke Association
Stroke Advocacy Network Newsletter

September 2013

Stroke Research Threatened Again

Photo of a microscopeRight now, Congress is once again debating the future of our nation’s investment in medical research activities, including stroke-related research. And once again, funding for these activities is being threatened. The stroke community must raise its voice—now. Every member of Congress needs to hear that reducing our nation’s capacity to discover the next major stroke treatment is not acceptable to stroke survivors, caregivers, family members or the healthcare professionals who care for them. You can join us in sending this important message to your representatives in Congress. Take action today and on Sept. 18. Read more about how you can help.

Advocacy 101

webinar.pngYour elected officials make laws that impact all aspects of stroke diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation. The more they know about the needs and challenges of the stroke community, the more they’ll be able to help change policies to support us. You can help make their decisions better. Let us show you how. Read more.

Health Insurance Marketplaces Open on Oct. 1

Doctor with patient photoThe Health Insurance Marketplaces (also known as exchanges) created by the Affordable Care Act (ACA or “Obamacare”) will open for enrollment on Oct. 1. The opening of the exchanges means that new health insurance options may be available to you. Read more.

Stroke Support Group Programs-in-a-box

Stroke Support Group logoNational Stroke Association’s programs-in-a-box are designed for use by stroke support groups. Currently we have two programs available, one on Afib and the other on spasticity. Read more about the tools and information included in these programs and find out how you can order these materials for your stroke support group today.

Making a Difference in Your State

state license plate collageThe Stroke Advocacy Network’s State Advocacy Action Center helps the stroke community share its experiences, challenges and needs with legislators in statehouses across the country. Sharing this information helps lawmakers have a better understanding of how changes in public policies impact the stroke community. So far in 2013, the 9,800 members of the Stroke Advocacy Network have taken action on 97 stroke-related bills and resolutions in 33 states and the District of Columbia. Thank you for being the voice of the stroke community in your state and making your voice heard so far in 2013! Read more about how we’ve made a difference in your state.

Have You Been Impacted By Medicare Therapy Caps?

Have you experienced problems this year getting therapy services covered by Medicare? Tell us about it. We’re working to make sure those services are available to stroke survivors. Your story can help us do that. Send us your story today.


Advocacy and Social Media

Follow your congressional and state legislators on social media. Find out how.

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