Archive - Jun 7, 2006

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Rural AED Act Resuscitated but in Poor Condition

June 7, 2006 - HUMESTON, IA - The Labor, HHS, Education Appropriations subcommittee has earmarked $1.5 million for Rural and Community Access to Emergency Devices Grant Program, "rejecting efforts of the Administration to terminate the initiative." The program provides funding to rural communities to purchase automated external defibrillators (AEDs) and provide training in their use. The appropriation level is substantially lower than amounts allocated in the past and a disappointment to emergency cardiovascular care advocates. The funding level in FY 2005 was $8.927 million.

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