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H.C.R. 14







Chief Sponsor: Eric K. Hutchings

Senate Sponsor: Peter C. Knudson

             9      LONG TITLE
             10      General Description:
             11          This concurrent resolution of the Legislature and the Governor expresses support for
             12      education efforts regarding Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and efforts to
             13      prevent the disease.
             14      Highlighted Provisions:
             15          This resolution:
             16          .    expresses support for efforts to educate regarding, and prevent, Chronic Obstructive
             17      Pulmonary Disease; and
             18          .    encourages the citizens of the state to learn more about the disease and ways to
             19      prevent it.
             20      Special Clauses:
             21          None
             23      Be it resolved by the Legislature of the state of Utah, the Governor concurring therein:
             24          WHEREAS, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a term used to
             25      describe airflow obstruction that is associated mainly with emphysema and chronic bronchitis;
             26          WHEREAS, COPD affects an estimated 24 million people and kills more than 120,000
             27      Americans every year;

             28          WHEREAS, on average, one person dies from COPD every four minutes, an alarming
             29      statistic for a disease that is not widely known;
             30          WHEREAS, in 2010, the National Center for Health Statistics released a report stating
             31      that in 2008 COPD became the third leading cause of death in the United States;
             32          WHEREAS, pulmonary experts predict that, by the year 2020, COPD will become the
             33      third leading cause of death worldwide;
             34          WHEREAS, current annual figures show that COPD accounts for 1.5 million
             35      emergency visits, 726,000 hospitalizations, and 8 million physician office and hospital
             36      outpatient visits, all of which are detrimental to the United States economy, and costs the
             37      nation an estimated $42.6 billion in direct and indirect medical costs;
             38          WHEREAS, research has identified a hereditary protein deficiency called Alpha-1
             39      Antitrypsin Deficiency, and people with this deficiency tend to develop COPD even without
             40      exposure to smoking or environmental triggers;
             41          WHEREAS, recently, the death rate for women with COPD has surpassed the death
             42      rate of men with COPD;
             43          WHEREAS, women over the age of 40 are the fastest-growing segment of the
             44      population developing this irreversible disease due in large part to the equalization of
             45      opportunities for men and women to smoke over the past several generations;
             46          WHEREAS, there is currently no cure for COPD;
             47          WHEREAS, spirometry testing and medical treatments exist to address symptom relief
             48      and possibly slow the progression of the disease; and
             49          WHEREAS, until a cure is found, the best approaches to preventing COPD and its
             50      considerable health, societal, and mortality impacts are education, awareness, and expanded
             51      delivery of detection and management protocols:
             52          NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Legislature of the state of Utah, the
             53      Governor concurring therein, express support for efforts to educate and prevent Chronic
             54      Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, and encourage the citizens of the state to learn more about the
             55      disease and ways to prevent it.
             56          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution be sent to the Utah
             57      Department of Health, the Utah Medical Association, the Utah Hospital Association, and to the
             58      members of Utah's congressional delegation.

Legislative Review Note
    as of 2-16-12 10:32 AM

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