Happy 20th Birthday to the National Asthma Control Program (NACP) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)! We are thrilled to see that our advocacy efforts are paying off. We applaud the House Appropriations Committee for approving the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill, 2020 today to increase to program funding to $34 million. We hope the Senate will do the same.
If it becomes a law, the NACP would be able to expand its services to more states. Since it was started in 1999, the NACP has helped reduce asthma deaths by 41% even though asthma rates have gone up.
Asthma and Allergy Foundations of America’s (AAFA) community made this happen. Last March, you asked members of Congress to sign letters of support to fund the NACP. AAFA also took our 2019 Allergy Capitals™ report to representatives in the list's top cities to gain their support. House Representative Eliot Engel (D-NY) was able to get 43 representatives to support it.
We would like to thank Representative Engel for leading this. And thank you to Representatives Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and Tom Cole (R-OK) for including this funding in the bill.
AAFA will continue to work with our partners, which include the American Lung Association and the Allergy & Asthma Network, to secure this increase in the final version of the bill.
Please ask your senators to support this bill to increase funding for the NACP. Use our tool below to ask your senators to approve the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill, 2020. It allows you to easily send an email to your senators.