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Act Now to Help Save Health Care Protections for Those With Asthma and Allergies

On Sept. 13, 2017, Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA) introduced a new bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The ACA includes protections for those with pre-existing conditions. Their goal is to vote on the repeal before Sept. 30, 2017. This bill, commonly called the Graham-Cassidy bill, could cause millions of Americans to lose health insurance. If passed, health insurance could become unaffordable for people with chronic conditions and low incomes.

Avoiding Tobacco Smoke Is a Key Part of Asthma Prevention

Tobacco smoke hurts everyone. It can affect you even if you aren’t around someone who is actively smoking. Studies now show that tobacco’s effects reach much farther than its smoke does. Tobacco smoke can do a lot of damage to your health. But did you know it can be even more harmful to those who have asthma, especially sensitive groups like children and older adults? The only way we can decrease asthma rates from tobacco is to reduce exposure to it.

Donate Allergy-Friendly Food to Those Affected by Hurricane Harvey

Many of our members in Houston, and the surrounding areas of Texas and into Louisiana, continue to be affected by Hurricane Harvey and the ensuing flooding. If you are in the affected area and want to help, we have listed the name of an agency who is accepting allergy-friendly food donations, with delivery instructions so the food can make it safely to those who need it.

Those With Asthma and Allergies Need to Take Precautions During Cleanup After a Flood

After a natural disaster with flooding, people with asthma and allergies need to take extra precautions as they begin cleanup efforts. Long after waters have receded, flood waters can leave behind chemicals, bacteria, viruses and mold. These can create long-term health issues if you have asthma and allergies.

Ragweed Woes: How to Win Against One of Pollen’s Worst Offenders

Say “ragweed” in a crowded room and you’re sure to hear some groans. Why? Because ragweed is the most common weed pollen allergy, affecting 10 to 20 percent of Americans. If you have a ragweed pollen allergy, you may already have “hay fever” symptoms. Ragweed pollen season peaks in August and September in most parts of the United States, especially in Eastern and Midwestern states.

Hurricane Harvey Highlights Issues People Managing Chronic Conditions Face During Natural Disasters

Many of our members in Houston, and the surrounding areas, have been and continue to be affected by Hurricane Harvey. Our hearts go out to them, wishing them safety in the weeks ahead. Hurricane Harvey makes clear the critical requirement to have emergency response in disaster situations address the needs of those on allergen-restricted/special medical diets, as well as those managing asthma throughout this disaster.

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