WASHINGTON (Diya TV) – U.S. Representatives Pramila Jayapal and Joe Wilson have revived the South Asian Heart Health Act, a bipartisan effort to combat alarming heart disease rates among South Asians in the U.S. Moreover, New Jersey Senator Cory Booker will introduce companion legislation, highlighting the issue’s urgency.
As the first Indian American woman in Congress, Rep. Jayapal understands the toll heart disease has taken on the community. The bill would ensure comprehensive support for those living with heart disease.
Studies show South Asians face four times the risk of heart disease, representing 60% of global cases. Additionally, almost two-thirds of middle-aged South Asian Americans face high heart failure risk within a decade.
The bill authorizes the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to grant funds for heart disease awareness in South Asian communities. These grants will support culturally appropriate programs on nutrition and exercise.
To bridge medical data gaps for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, the bill requires HHS to submit a comprehensive report to Congress, securing funding through 2028.
During the 117th Congress, the bill passed the House but encountered Senate obstacles. Nevertheless, it has gained strong support from President Biden and numerous members of Congress. Prominent organizations, including the American Heart Association, also endorse the bill.
The South Asian Heart Health Act aims to safeguard millions, promoting vital research and saving lives in the community and beyond. With its impactful initiatives and wide-ranging support, the legislation seeks to create a healthier future for all.