Wednesday, 27 November 2013 08:25
On Thursday, November 21, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43) reintroduced the Minority Diabetes Initiative Act (H.R. 3591) in honor of National Diabetes Month. This bill will establish an initiative to provide grants to physicians and community based organizations for diabetes prevention, care, and treatment programs in minority communities. The bill is cosponsored by 41 of the Congresswoman's congressional colleagues.
"Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States, and it is having an especially severe impact upon minorities," said Congresswoman Waters.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), among persons over the age of twenty, 8.4 percent of Asian Americans, 11.8 percent of Hispanic Americans, 12.6 percent of African Americans, and 14.2 percent of American Indians/Alaska Natives have been diagnosed with diabetes. Among Hispanics, the rates are 13.3 percent for Mexican Americans and 13.8 percent for Puerto Rican Americans.
"Diabetes can lead to serious and sometimes deadly complications, including high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, blindness, kidney disease, nerve damage, and lower-limb amputations," said Congresswoman Waters. "Minorities with diabetes often lack access to quality health care and are more likely to suffer from complications."
Monday, 25 November 2013 07:39
Boxer-Coburn Legislation Could Save Lives and Reduce Delays in Receiving Organ Transplants by Ending Outdated Ban on Research into Organ Donations Between HIV-Positive Patients
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Tom Coburn (R-OK) praised President Obama for signing their bipartisan legislation, the HOPE Act (HIV Organ Policy Equity Act), which ends the federal ban on research into organ donations from HIV-positive donors to HIV-positive recipients. The bipartisan measure would open a pathway to the eventual transplantation of these organs and could provide life-saving assistance to HIV-positive patients who are at risk of liver and kidney failure.
The Boxer-Coburn bill passed the Senate in June, and the House version, introduced by Representatives Lois Capps (D-CA) and Andy Harris (R-MD), was passed earlier this month by a voice vote.
"I am proud that President Obama signed our bipartisan legislation into law today," Senator Boxer said. "Ending this outdated research ban will save lives and give hope to thousands of patients and their families."
Senator Coburn said, "I applaud the President for signing this important piece of bipartisan legislation into law and am hopeful it produces encouraging results for HIV-positive individuals."
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