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ACR-131 Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease awareness.(2011-2012)

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Assembly Concurrent Resolution No. 131
CHAPTER 128

Relative to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease awareness.

[ Approved by Governor  September 18, 2012. Filed with Secretary of State  September 18, 2012. ]

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


ACR 131, Galgiani. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease awareness.
This measure would encourage the State Department of Health Care Services, the State Department of Public Health, and other state entities to partner with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) stakeholders to improve education regarding COPD in the course of implementing the statewide strategic plan.
This measure would also designate November 2012 as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Awareness Month in California and encourage public officials and the citizens of California to increase awareness of the symptoms of, and the methods of preventing, COPD.
Fiscal Committee: YES  

WHEREAS, Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), also known as chronic bronchitis and emphysema, is the third leading cause of death in the United States; and
WHEREAS, COPD is a chronic and progressive disease that impacts an estimated 24 million Americans each year, approximately five million of whom are residents of California, and an estimated 1.6 million of whom suffer directly from the disease; and
WHEREAS, In 2007, the national annual cost for COPD was estimated to be $42.6 billion and, in that same year, COPD caused approximately 121,000 deaths nationwide; and
WHEREAS, The Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development reported that hospitalizations associated with COPD alone amounted to an estimated $1.34 billion in medical costs within the state; and
WHEREAS, Many patients suffering with COPD are not diagnosed until they have reached an advanced stage of COPD, which often includes a disabling degree of lung dysfunction; and
WHEREAS, A diagnostic test for COPD, known as spirometry, is available for office use, allowing early diagnosis of COPD; and
WHEREAS, Early diagnosis and management of COPD can effectively reduce the overall financial burden of this illness on publicly funded health care programs, including Medi-Cal; and
WHEREAS, Achieving early diagnosis and proper management of COPD among California’s diverse populations, within the Medi-Cal program as well as other publicly funded health care programs, requires overcoming cultural, language, and literacy challenges; and
WHEREAS, Proper management of COPD can lead to an improved quality of life and self-sufficiency for patients who receive publicly funded benefits; and
WHEREAS, The “Healthy People 2020” project of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health concludes that, while primary care physicians are in a key position to provide optimal care to patients with COPD and to provide counseling during clinical or health center visits, primary care physicians need to be trained in the latest methods for diagnosing and treating the disease; and
WHEREAS, The California COPD Coalition has developed a comprehensive plan to address COPD in the state, entitled the “Strategic Plan to Address COPD in California,” which outlines six goal areas, including all of the following: prevention, quality of care, public health infrastructure and advocacy, surveillance, research, and public education awareness; now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the Assembly of the State of California, the Senate thereof concurring, That the Legislature encourages the State Department of Health Care Services, the State Department of Public Health, and other state entities to, whenever possible, partner with COPD stakeholders to improve education in California regarding COPD in the course of implementing the statewide strategic plan; and be it further
Resolved, That the Legislature designates November 2012 as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Awareness Month in California. The Legislature encourages public officials and the citizens of California to increase awareness about the symptoms of, and the methods of preventing, COPD; and be it further
Resolved, That the Chief Clerk of the Assembly transmit copies of this resolution to the author for appropriate distribution.