***MEDIA ADVISORY*** Cardiovascular Health Forum to Highlight Access Issues to Groundbreaking, Cholesterol-Lowering Therapies

WASHINGTON – Tomorrow, Friday June 23, the Partnership to Advance Cardiovascular Health, along with Mended Hearts, will host “The Status of Cardiovascular Health in Alabama: A Forum.” The lunchtime event in Birmingham will bring together patient advocates, clinicians, and policymakers to discuss innovations in cardiovascular therapies, high rates of cardiovascular disease in Alabama and barriers that patients face in accessing new cholesterol-lowering drugs. In an Alabama Health Plan Coverage Report Card from the Institute for Patient Access, data shows Alabama health plans reject more than 50 percent of claims for PCSK9 inhibitors. Alabama has the second highest death rate from cardiovascular disease in the country. The event is open to the press.

WHO: Cardiovascular patient advocates, clinicians, policymakers, Alabama Department of Health, Mended Hearts, Legislative staff

WHAT: Cardiovascular health forum to highlight access issues to new cholesterol-lowering therapies

WHERE: The American Heart Association

1449 Medical Park Drive S.

Birmingham, Alabama

WHEN: Friday, June 23

11:00am

RSVP: Press interested in attending should RSVP to Susan Hepworth at shepworth@allianceforpatientaccess.org.

A patient currently struggling to get access to these medications will be available for interviews.

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