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Jan
18

Help Rebuild the Congressional COPD Caucus

As we look forward to the new 2013 Congressional session we will be saying good bye to many of our valued members of the Congressional COPD Caucus. After the 2012 election the COPD Caucus will be losing 13 members for the 2013 Congressional session, including 12 Representatives and 1 Senator. However, of these changes can … Read more

Jan
15

State COPD Legislation Passed in 2012

State COPD Legislation Passed in 2012 It was a great year for COPD public policy due to all of your advocacy efforts! We successfully passed COPD legislation in 46 states; primarily governor proclamations and legislative resolutions announcing November 2012 as COPD Awareness Month. Advocates from across the country mobilized to submit proclamation requests to 47 governors … Read more

Oct
1

October 2012 USCC Semi-Annual Business Meeting

On October 22 2012 the U.S. COPD Coalition (USCC) hosted it’s Semi-Annual Business Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia. The meeting discussed the upcoming release of the 2011 Behavioral Risk Surveillance Survey (BRFSS) which, for the first time, includes state-specific COPD prevalence data. The meeting primarily focused on how member organizations can fully utilize the BRFSS data … Read more

Sep
19

Action Alert: Help Us Replace Competitive Bidding

Help Us Replace Competitive Bidding Tell Congress to Pass HR 6490 Congress mandated several changes to the way Medicare pays for home oxygen supplies, called Competitive Bidding, which requires suppliers of durable medical equipment, including oxygen, to be awarded contracts by Medicare in order to continue being providers for Medicare beneficiaries. Not all suppliers who … Read more

Aug
30

Summer 2012 Advocacy Activities

Summer 2012 Advocacy Activities This summer COPD advocates from across the country have been busy spreading awareness and educating elected officials. From Arizona to Massachusetts, advocates have been attending district visits, participating in Capitol Awareness Days, speaking at conferences, and more. Many Americans, including our elected officials, are not informed about COPD. As members of … Read more

Aug
1

New BRFSS Data Has Been Collected and is Being Analzed

THE COPD FOUNDATION CONGRATULATES CDC FOR COLLECTING AND ANALYZING COPD HEALTH DATA Data expected to highlight COPD as a growing health crisis The COPD Foundation (COPDF) today announced that data gathered by the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), the largest national health survey, about chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) has been collected and is … Read more

Jul
20

The Congressional COPD Caucus Welcomes New Members

The U.S. COPD Coalition is pleased to welcome three new members to the Congressional COPD Caucus: Representative Charlie Bass a Republican from New Hampshire’s 2nd district Represenative Aaron Schock a Republican from Illinois’ 18th district Senator Jeanne Shaheen a Democrat from New Hampshire The induction of these three members gives the Caucus 46 members representing … Read more

Jul
3

Maryland Alpha-1 Association Support Group Meeting

Maryland Alpha-1 Association Support Group Meeting When: Saturday, August 18, 2012 11:00AM-2:00PM Where: Medical Pavilion at Howard County Wellness Center 10710 Charter Drive, Suite 100, Columbia MD 21044 Alpha-1, pulmonary patients, their family members/caregivers and professionals affiliated with pulmonary disease are welcome to attend. The support group encourages group members to become active and assist … Read more

Jul
2

July 17 BRFSS COPD Data Release Webinar

On July 17 2012 the U.S. COPD Coaliton (USCC), the COPD Learn More Breathe Better® campgain (LMBB) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) hosted a webinar that focused on sharing insights related to the upcoming release of the CDC’s 2012 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) survey findings pertaining to COPD, what … Read more

Jun
30

BRFSS Webinar: July 17 2012

Save the Date: What You Need to Know About COPD in Your State! Hosted by the U.S. COPD Coalition, the COPD Learn More Breathe Better® campaign, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this webinar on July 17th will be focused on sharing insights related to the upcoming release of the CDC’s 2012 … Read more