National Association of Chronic Disease Directors Urges Congress to Confirm Sebelius as United States Secretary of Health and Human Services

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Chronic Disease Directors Commend Governor's Leadership in Health Care Issues and Urge Focus on Chronic Disease in Future Reform Efforts The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD) urges Congressional members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee and the Senate Finance Committee, to confirm Kansas Governor, Kathleen Sebelius, as United States Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS).

The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD) urges Congressional members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee and the Senate Finance Committee, to confirm Kansas Governor, Kathleen Sebelius, as United States Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS).

"As Congress and the President contemplate major reforms to address our nation's most pressing health care needs, including chronic disease prevention and management, our nation's public health agency needs a leader," said John Robitscher, Executive Director of NACDD. "As governor of Kansas, and throughout her career in public service, Kathleen Sebelius has prioritized health care issues and proven to be a leader and an advocate for health reform. We hope Congress will move with appropriate speed to confirm Gov. Sebelius and provide HHS with a strong voice in the debate on providing quality, affordable health care to all Americans."

For two decades, NACDD has linked nearly 1,500 public health officials from every state and U.S. territory to advocate for preventive policies and programs, at the national, state and local levels, to reduce the rates of chronic diseases.

More than 45 percent of Americans, or 133 million people, have at least one chronic disease. Chronic disease is the leading U.S. killer: Seven out of 10 people, or more than 1.7 million, die of a chronic disease and five chronic diseases - heart disease, cancer, stroke, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and diabetes - cause more than two-thirds of all deaths each year. More than 70 percent of all U.S. health care costs relate to chronic diseases, and with much of that cost being preventable.

"Fixing the country's badly broken health care system will require a commitment from Congress, the White House and Health and Human Services to move forward with an aggressive plan for comprehensive health reform," said David Hoffman, Chair of NACDD's Legislative & Policy Committee. "Our members are confident in the abilities of Gov. Sebelius to lead this charge, and we look forward to working with her to ensure a focus on addressing the rising rates of chronic disease.

About the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD):
The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD) is a national public health association for chronic disease program directors of each state and U.S. territory. The NACDD works to reduce the impact of chronic diseases on the American population by advocating for preventative policies and programs, encouraging sharing of knowledge and developing partnerships for health promotion. (http://www.chronicdisease.org).

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