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AAP Fights for Health Reform and Childhood Obesity Prevention

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From: AAP Federal Advocacy Action Network <faan@AAP.ORG>
Date: January 29, 2010 13:50:14 PST
Subject: AAP Fights for Health Reform and Childhood Obesity Prevention

AAP on the Frontlines in the Fight for Health Reform and
Childhood Obesity Prevention

Dear AAP Member,

This week during his State of the Union address, we heard renewed commitment from President Barack Obama that he will work with Congress to pass health reform legislation. Congressional leaders in both chambers of Congress are currently working through various options for how to move health reform legislation through into law.

The reasons that health reform is needed for children and the pediatric community are just as strong today as they were when we began this debate last year. The road to health reform is not a sprint; it's a marathon, and we cannot stop now, when we are so close to the finish line.

Pediatricians must continue fighting for one of the most important legislative imperatives of our time. Our nation's children are counting on us to finish the race. Please encourage Congress to do the same.

Visit the Department of Federal Affairs Member Center Web page and click on a link to send an e-mail to your members of Congress encouraging them to take health reform to the finish line. Your e-mail will remind Congress of the key messages the Academy has been delivering throughout the health reform debate and urge them to continue to work. The AAP has advocated that legislation must provide health care coverage for all children in the United States, with age-appropriate benefits in a medical home and include appropriate payment rates to allow real access to care.

In addition to advocating on behalf of children and the pediatric community when it comes to the need for health reform, the Academy has also been fighting another important battle in children's health: the childhood obesity epidemic.

Yesterday, AAP President Judith S. Palfrey, MD, FAAP, spoke at an event with First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama, U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin and Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius.

Dr. Palfrey responded to a paper released by the U.S. Surgeon General on the public health challenge of obesity, emphasizing the importance of prevention and early intervention in addressing obesity in children:

  • Visit the AAP News Room to read Dr. Palfrey's remarks; and
  • Visit the Department of Federal Affairs Facebook page for photos and media coverage of
        Dr. Palfrey with First Lady Michelle Obama.

    As always, the Department of Federal Affairs is here to support you and answer any questions you may have. Become a Key Contact and receive regular e-mail communications with specific requests for action from the Department of Federal Affairs, keeping you informed of the latest legislative developments affecting children and pediatricians. Log into the AAP Member Center, click on the Health Care Reform icon to take you to the Federal Affairs page, and click on "Become a Key Contact." Join today!


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