State Legislatures Taking Action on Stroke Prevention

June 9, 2008

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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:

GeorgiaEnacted a resolution that creates a joint legislative task force to review treatment and prevention

IllinoisMoved forward on legislation that creates a working group, which advises the state Department of Health on Primary Stroke Center Systems

IndianaPassed legislation adding three members to the state stroke-prevention task force

MissouriDelivered a bill to the Governor that gives authority to the Missouri Department of Health for creation of stroke center designation criteria among Missouri hospitals

OklahomaPassed a bill that authorizes the Oklahoma Department of Health to create a statewide coordinated stroke care system

South CarolinaCurrently in the process of passing legislation that establishes a "Stroke Systems of Care" study committee

TennesseePassed legislation that creates a statewide stroke registry

VirginiaPassed 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.

For more information, please contact Tim Miller at tmiller@aan.com or at (651) 695-2792.