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December 6, 2007

Contact: Tatiana Guerra
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National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators Adopt Resolutions on Health, Agriculture and Technology

Washington, DC –National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators (NHCSL) President Joseph E. Miro (DE), today announced the resolutions adopted by the Executive Committee at its annual meeting on November 17, 2007, in Miami, Florida.  The resolutions address a series of issues in the areas of healthcare, prescription drug care, technology competition, and support for reauthorization of the Farm Bill Legislation.  A resolution calling on U.S. Congress to support the pending U.S-Colombia Trade Agreement was also adopted. 

“NHCSL remains committed to addressing these important areas that will have a direct impact on the quality of life for the Hispanic/Latino community.” said Representative Miro.  “It is crucial that as legislators we continue our work to ensure that meaningful legislation is created to improve the lives of those affected both in the U.S. and in our sister countries abroad.”

The resolutions adopted NHCSL include:

  • Reducing Hypertension in the U.S. calls for NHCSL to support efforts that will help reduce hypertension in the U.S. and to organize a Legislative Hypertension Caucus.

  • Transparency for Patients in Prescription Drug Care to encourage each state to enact the most appropriate steps to ensure the utmost transparency when physicians receive financial compensation for clinical decisions.

  • Support for the 2007 Farm Bill to include various programs and improvements such as food stamp and nutrition programs, innovative food projects, health diets, food entrepreneurs, reducing air and water pollution and expanding agriculture conversation programs in the reauthorization of the Farm Bill.

  • Request for all states to Facilitate Competitive Advanced Voice Services whereby it is in the interest of NHCSL and all consumers to allow competition and innovation in advanced voice services to flourish without unnecessary regulation. • Support Pending U.S.-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement to ensure that Colombia continues to make progress in reducing violence while improving economic stability.

  • Making Credit Products & Financial Services Available to Unbanked and Underbanked Hispanic and Financially Underserved Consumers in order to educate and provide equal access of information to consumers.

  • Protecting and Improving Health and Access to Healthcare and Prescription Medicines for Low and Modest-income Individuals to ensure access to necessary healthcare and prescription medicines for lower income and minority populations.

Complete text of the Resolutions can be found at www.nhcsl.org

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The National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators is a nonprofit, nonpartisan 501(c)(3)organization of state legislators across the nation, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Its mission is to organize, educate and focus the energies of nearly 300 Hispanics who comprise its membership in order to have a positive impact on their communities. NHCSL advocates for better housing, education, health care, and business opportunities in the private and public sectors for Hispanics nationwide.

 

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