Underserved Gain Access to More Preventative Services with Affordable Care Ruling

Thursday, 28 June 2012 00:00

MADISON, Wis., June 28, 2012

PCNA Responds to Supreme Court Decision to Uphold Health Care Reform Law

Lola A. Coke, PhD, APRN-BC, CNS, FAHA, FPCNA, President of the Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association Board of Directors, issued the following statement today in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling upholding the Affordable Care Act.

“Today’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding the Affordable Care Act validates America’s value of preventive health care services – particularly for two of the leading killers of both men and women in America – heart disease and stroke.

Health care providers with a passion for prevention will absolutely embrace the opportunity to provide improved screening for, and management, of risk factors for cardiovascular disease. The new ruling, which was designed to extend health coverage and access to care for over 30 million uninsured Americans, will address important disparities in the application of evidence-based strategies for management of high blood pressure, cholesterol disorders, and diabetes.

The Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association will play a key role for nurses and advanced practice nurses in a team-based approach to prevention by providing educational tools and resources for both clinicians and patients. We are also working in partnership with the MillionHearts Campaign and other like-minded groups on strategies to improve cardiovascular health in both the public health and the clinical settings. Today’s ruling will go a long way in amplifying what we can do, and how many patients we can now reach, in the clinical setting”

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Contact: Abby Despins, 608-250-2440 x4, adespins@pcna.net

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