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Posted on June 15, 2022


HARTFORD – Representative John-Michael Parker (D – Durham, Madison), Representative William Petit (R – Plainville, New Britain), co-sponsors of H.B. 5273, and Dr. Charles Wira (Medical Co-Chair of the State of Connecticut Stroke Advisory Council) praised inclusion of the bill within the 2022 budget implementer last month by the Connecticut General Assembly.

H.B. 5273 required the Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) to operate a stroke registry for the State of Connecticut using the American Heart Association stroke care program’s platform.

Prior to the provisions of the bill being included in the budget implementer, H.B. 5273 was passed out of both the Public Health and Appropriations committees on a strong bipartisan basis.

“I am thrilled that we were able to get this across the finish line this year,” said Rep. Parker. “This registry will allow healthcare providers to provide stroke victims with better, more personalized care. And anytime you can improve the quality of care and life for all people, that is the definition of good public policy. I also cannot thank Rep. Petit enough for his partnership in seeing this effort through.”

“The implementation of a stroke registry is a great step forward” Rep. Petit said. “The data it will collect will help analyze important information that will be shared among stroke providers in an effort to improve treatment algorithms.”

“This work will save lives, reduce health disparities, and improve overall stroke care for all of Connecticut,” said Dr. Wira. “Rep. Parker and Rep. Petit enabled us to accomplish what had previously seen roadblocks, and single handedly brought representatives from the Stroke Advisory Council, American Heart Association, CT DPH, and the Appropriations Committee to the table together in a series of meetings to refine and finalize the legislative language. Both Rep. Parker’s and Rep. Petit’s work proved to be so impactful that our Stroke Advisory Council, which represents all of Connecticut’s hospitals treating stroke patients, created an inaugural award and certificate of recognition for their extraordinary advocacy and support.”

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