Federal Priorities

The American Heart Association’s legislative and regulatory priorities represent the best opportunities to help Americans live longer, healthier lives.


Enhance, protect and restore funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and secure prioritization of NIH funding for heart and stroke research.
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Access to Care

Patient access to health care coverage is critical to improving health outcomes for individuals with cardiovascular disease through access to affordable, and adequate insurance coverage provided by all government health programs.
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Tobacco Control, Prevention, & Cessation

Tobacco use remains a leading cause of preventable disease and death and is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease. We support strong FDA regulation of all tobacco products and robust federal funding for tobacco use prevention and cessation efforts.
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