NEW AD CAMPAIGN APPLAUDS KEY MEMBERS OF CONGRESS FOR PROTECTING PATIENTS AND COMMUNITIES

Washington, D.C., April 5, 2010 - The American Hospital Association (AHA) today began a million dollar plus television advertising campaign thanking members of the House of Representatives for voting for health care reform that protects the patients and communities that hospitals serve.  

The landmark health reform legislation signed into law in late March expands access to health insurance coverage to 32 million people, puts in place significant insurance market reforms and provides caregivers with important tools to improve the quality and delivery of patient care.  America's hospitals have long been committed to making universal coverage a reality and the reform legislation, which the AHA supported, brings the nation closer to that goal.  

The ads feature parents, seniors, doctors and business owners writing and typing notes to members of Congress who voted for the health reform bill, telling them "thank you for doing what was right and not what was easy ... for giving Americans access to quality health coverage we can count on."  The ads highlight the critical difference expanded coverage will make in the lives of millions of Americans.  

The campaign features 30-second television ads thanking the following members of the House of Representatives:  John Boccieri (D-OH); Leonard Boswell (D-IA); F. Allen Boyd (D-FL); Christopher Carney (D-PA); Kathy Dahlkemper (D-PA); Gabrielle Giffords (D- AZ); Baron Hill (D-IN); Suzanne Kosmas (D-FL); Scott Murphy (D-NY); Bill Owens (D-NY); Tom Perriello (D-VA); Gary Peters (D-MI); Earl Pomeroy (D-ND);  Ciro Rodriguez (D-TX); Mark Schauer (D-MI); and John Spratt (D-SC). 

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