On Sept. 29, 2020, the House of Representatives passed the School-Based Allergies and Asthma Management Program Act (H.R. 2468). If passed by the Senate and signed into law by the president, this bill will help millions of U.S. school children with asthma and food allergies.
This bill includes many of the policy recommendations from the Asthma and Allergy Foundation’s (AAFA) State Honor Roll for all public elementary and secondary schools. It would encourage states to put into place:
- Methods to identify all students who have allergies or asthma
- Individual student action plans
- School nurses or trained staff on site during operating hours to give medicines for both allergies and asthma
- Education for school staff
- Efforts to reduce environmental triggers
- Coordinate management of care with families and healthcare providers
“As schools face monumental challenges in re-opening during a global pandemic and need guidance from the federal government on how to best protect their students, House passage of this bill couldn’t be timelier. Not only is this bill protective for the long-term health of children in the U.S., but it can also help ensure more schools have the resources they need to protect from asthma and allergy while also reducing the spread of COVID-19. Healthier kids at school also means fewer missed school days, more time learning, fewer hospitalizations and ER visits due to allergy and asthma and, therefore, less strain on our health care system.” – Kenneth Mendez, AAFA’s President and CEO
The School-Based Allergies and Asthma Management Program Act has been a top priority for AAFA for many years, and we are very encouraged that the House has passed it. Earlier this year, AAFA's President and CEO Kenneth Mendez testified before the House Subcommittee on Health in support of the bill.
AAFA thanks House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) and Rep. Phil Roe (R-TN) for introducing the bill. We also thank H.R. 2468’s 45 other co-sponsors, including Reps. Eliot Engel (D-NY) and Fred Upton (R-MI), co-chairs of the House Asthma and Allergy Caucus, for the leading the bill through the House.
We would also like to salute our AAFA community for your tireless efforts in support of H.R. 2468. Thousands of you asked your representatives to co-sponsor and vote in favor of this bill. But we must ask for your continued help. House passage of the H.R. 2468 was the first step. Now, the bill needs to pass the Senate and be sent to the president to be signed into law.
Asthma and Allergy Advocacy Action Alert
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