We often know February by the red and pink candy hearts, roses, and celebrating Valentine's Day with our loved ones. Of course, we should reserve February 14th to show appreciation to our spouses, children, and friends. As we are busy going through our daily lives, running our errands and thinking about our next chore, we can forget to take moments of appreciation for those around us. I challenge everyone to use the entire month of February to think about your loved ones, surprise them with a hand-written note, or hug them a little tighter.
February is Women's Heart Disease Awareness month. Heart disease and stroke kill a shocking 1 in 3 women. In fact, since 1984, more women than men have died each year from heart disease. Fortunately, 80% of these deaths are preventable! As part of my February challenge to demonstrate your appreciation, talk to your friends and loved ones to increase awareness of the risks of heart disease. Talk to your doctor, and encourage others to do the same.
My office is also dedicated to ensuring all Texans have access to high quality, affordable, medical care. As I updated you last month, the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) was scheduled to lose funding in the near future. Fortunately, Congress funded the program, which covers 400,000 low-income Texas pregnant women and children, for the next 6 years. Though this is good news, I would extend my February challenge to our Congress members, to permanently fund CHIP, rather than subject it to political debate every few years. Our hearts must extend to the vulnerable in our community. Please see my article below for more information on CHIP.
I hope that you take up my challenge to you to show your loved ones and your community that you care this February. My team and I will be working to do the same, both in the Capitol and in Senate District 19.