The U.S. House of Representatives has declared their support for National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month. Reps. Eliot Engel (D-NY), Fred Upton (R-MI), TJ Cox (D-CA) and Peter King (R-NY) submitted the resolution to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce on May 8, 2020.
May is peak season for people with asthma and allergies. That’s why the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) chose it as a time to raise awareness and educate people on how to manage these conditions.
These members of Congress are part of the Congressional Asthma and Allergy Caucus. This is a group of lawmakers who support issues that support people with asthma and allergies. Their goal is to create laws that reduce asthma and allergy rates.
The caucus has been advocating for the Elijah E. Cummings Family Asthma Act. This bill would create programs to educate families on managing and preventing asthma. It would improve research for more effective asthma treatments.
The caucus also recently sent a letter to the Food and Drug Administration asking them to address possible albuterol shortages due to COVID-19.
AAFA is grateful for the work of the caucus. We need more laws to protect people with asthma and allergies. We especially need laws to protect school children.
You can help us and the caucus advocate for people with asthma and allergies during National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month.
Tell your legislators to support the School-Based Allergies and Asthma Management Program Act (H.R. 2468). This law would better protect students with asthma and allergies.
If passed, this bill would encourage states to put into place:
- A method to identify all students with allergies and/or asthma
- Individual student action plans
- Allergy and asthma education for school staff responsible for these students
- A school nurse or other trained staff on site during operating hours
- Efforts to reduce environmental triggers
- A system to support the students
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