Chapter 232

2011 -- H 5173 SUBSTITUTE A

Enacted 07/09/11

 

A N A C T

RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY -- WOMEN'S CARDIOVASCULAR SCREENING AND RISK REDUCTION PILOT PROGRAM

          

     Introduced By: Representatives Naughton, Messier, E Coderre, Walsh, and Cimini

     Date Introduced: January 27, 2011

 

It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows:

 

     WHEREAS, Heart disease, stroke and other forms of cardiovascular disease are the

number one cause of death for women each year; and

     WHEREAS, Cardiovascular disease kills more women annually than the next five (5)

leading causes of death combined, which includes all forms of cancer; and

     WHEREAS, Despite the statistics, many patients and health care providers alike tend to

think of heart disease as a disease that primarily afflicts men; and

     WHEREAS, In February 2004, the American Heart Association began the vigorous "Go

Red for Women" public awareness campaign and a survey conducted in 2007 by the American

Heart Association found that forty-three percent (43%) of women are still not aware that heart

disease is the leading cause of death among women; and

     WHEREAS, The WISEWOMEN program, administered by the Centers for Disease

Control and Prevention, provides low-income, underinsured, or uninsured women between forty

(40) and sixty-four (64) years of age with chronic disease risk factor screening, lifestyle

intervention, and referral services in an effort to prevent cardiovascular disease and promote

healthy lifestyles; and

     WHEREAS, WISEWOMEN programs provide standard preventive services, including

blood pressure and cholesterol testing and lifestyle programs targeting poor nutrition, physical

inactivity, and smoking; and

     WHEREAS, Rhode Island is currently not participating in the WISEWOMEN program

due to lack of federal funding; and

     WHEREAS, The best chance for women in this state to reduce their mortality rates due to

cardiovascular disease is through education and prevention.

 

     SECTION 1. Title 23 of the General Laws entitled "HEALTH AND SAFETY" is hereby

amended by adding thereto the following chapter:

 

CHAPTER 86

WOMEN'S CARDIOVASCULAR SCREENING AND RISK REDUCTION PILOT PROGRAM

 

     23-86-1. Women's cardiovascular screening and risk reduction pilot program. (a)

The department of health (hereinafter, "the department") shall develop a cardiovascular disease

screening and lifestyle intervention pilot program at one site in one of Rhode Island's six (6) core

cities for low-income, underinsured and uninsured women between forty (40) and sixty-four (64)

years of age, inclusive, at risk for heart disease, diabetes and stroke, namely Pawtucket,

Providence, Woonsocket, Newport, West Warwick or Central Falls.

     (b) The department shall develop the program based on the federal WISEWOMEN

program administered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The pilot program

shall employ specified measures to gauge the impact and outcome of the program. These

measures may include the number of women served, the number who receive lifestyle

interventions, the number of follow-up visits per woman, an evaluation of the use of progress

markers to reduce risk factors, and a research and evaluation component.

     (c) The department shall prepare an annual report and submit it to the legislature by

January 31 of each year summarizing the scope and reach of the pilot program. The final report

shall include a fiscal analysis and a recommendation outlining the benefits and costs of expanding

the pilot program throughout the state after the program has been in existence for three (3) years.

The pilot program shall expire July 1, 2014.

     (d) Implementation of the Women's Cardiovascular screening and risk reduction pilot

program shall be subject to appropriation.

 

     SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon passage.

     

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