Throughout the year, our blog will feature AHA volunteer stories of survival and hope. We know there are thousands of stories like these - thats why we want to say “Thanks” to all of you for giving your time and sharing your lives with us. You can’t spell CURE without U! Thank you for all you do to build healthier lives free of cardiovascular disease and stroke. YOU’RE THE CURE!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Send a Thank You Message to Governor Dayton for Giving Minnesotans Access to Affordable Health Care

On Wednesday, January 5, Governor Mark Dayton signed the Executive Order to trigger the "Medical Assistance Opt-In" for Minnesota. This Executive Order paves the way for up to 100,000 low-income Minnesotans to gain secure, affordable health care coverage in 2011. It also brings $1.2 billion in federal funds to Minnesota to support local hospitals and other healthcare providers, making Minnesota the first state in the nation to take advantage of the "Medical Assistance Opt-In" at this scale.

Send a Message of Thank Governor Dayton

For many years, the American Heart Association has been working hard to ensure that all U.S. residents have access to and coverage for appropriate and affordable quality healthcare. The Medical Assistance Opt-In is a follow through on the American Heart Association’s efforts to implement healthcare reform as part of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The Opt-In is the next step in making healthcare meaningful, continuous, high-quality, administratively simple, and affordable both to individuals and society and ensures that barriers faced by individuals with pre-existing conditions are addressed. This Opt-In will help Minnesota expand access and include coverage for evidence-based prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of heart disease and stroke. In turn, countless lives will be saved due to the earlier treatment and screening for heart disease and stroke afforded by this Opt-In.

Please help us thank Governor Dayton for taking this important step to build healthier lives in Minnesota, free of cardiovascular disease and stroke!

Send a Message of Thank Governor Dayton

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