Advocacy Committee Chair

Coram Rita Coram, M.D., F.A.C.C.
University of Louisville School of Medicine
18912 Ridgeleigh Ln
Louisville, KY 40245

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ACC Advocacy seeks to advance the College’s mission of improving the cardiovascular wellbeing of the nation through interactions with Congress, federal government agencies, state legislative and regulatory bodies, private insurers, and other policy making groups. By advocating for a quality driven health care system, provider stability, population health and the future of cardiovascular medicine, the ACC is leading the transformation of care. Click here for a snapshot of some of the ways ACC Advocacy has been successful so far this year.

ACC Legislative Conference
September 14-16, 2014
October 18-20, 2015
September 11-13, 2016

The American College of Cardiology holds a Legislative Conference annually in Washington, D.C. Highlights from the 2013 Legislative Conference are available for review.

Cardiology-Related Issues in Kentucky:

HB 173 Smoke Free Kentucky

An act prohibiting smoking in public places and places of employment. Create new sections of KRS Chapter 438 to define terms; prohibit indoor smoking in businesses, places of employment, and other listed public places; exempt private residences, unless used for child care or adult day care; permit smoking in designated nonenclosed areas; require posting of "no smoking" signs at specified locations; permit local governments to adopt stricter regulations by ordinance; provide for enforcement by all peace officers and designated health department and local government employees; provide for the issuance of uniform citations for violations; require that employers and others not discriminate against persons reporting violations; provide for fines for violation; provide that fines go to the agency whose employee issued the citation; provide that no court costs or other fees be charged for violations; exempt certain research and manufacturing laboratories and agricultural buildings; amend KRS 344.040, relating to unlawful practices by an employer, to add reference to state law, local ordinance, or local board of health regulation relating to smoking; amend KRS 431.450, relating to uniform citations, to provide for issuing citation forms to health departments; authorize the Department of Kentucky State Police to create and issue uniform smoking violation citations; repeal various statutes permitting smoking in public buildings.

This Smoke-Free Kentucky message
appeared in the November 28, 2012
edition of The Kentucky Gazette.

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HB 205 CPR in Schools

An act relating to cardiopulmonary resuscitation training in schools. Create a new section of KRS Chapter 158 requiring high schools to include CPR training in the health education curriculum.