Legislatures across the nation have made strides in creating stroke awareness in 2008, as states help look for ways to diagnose and treat one of the leading causes of death. These state legislatures have either enacted or are in the process of enacting the following measures:
Georgia—Enacted a resolution that creates a joint legislative task force to review treatment and prevention
Illinois—Moved forward on legislation that creates a working group, which advises the state Department of Health on Primary Stroke Center Systems
Indiana—Passed legislation adding three members to the state stroke-prevention task force
Missouri—Delivered a bill to the Governor that gives authority to the Missouri Department of Health for creation of stroke center designation criteria among Missouri hospitals
Oklahoma—Passed a bill that authorizes the Oklahoma Department of Health to create a statewide coordinated stroke care system
South Carolina—Currently in the process of passing legislation that establishes a "Stroke Systems of Care" study committee
Tennessee—Passed legislation that creates a statewide stroke registry
Virginia—Passed a bill that creates a "Stroke Triage System," which promotes fast access to stroke care and incorporates each region's geographic variations and stroke care capabilities and resources
It is essential that policymakers continue to recognize the role neurologists play when providing care with stroke patients. Learn more about how to get involved on the Better Stroke Care and Prevention page.
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