Advocating for Patients

Three Bills Could Have a Big Impact on People With Asthma and Allergies

May is National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month . During this month, our community seeks to raise greater awareness with family, friends, coworkers and others about what it is like to live with asthma and allergies. It’s also a good time to engage with your elected officials in Congress about several pieces of legislation that improve access to asthma and allergy treatments and medicines, and protect the rights of our patient community. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA)...

Leading Patient Advocacy Organizations Join Forces to Launch National Program Aimed at Raising Awareness of Severe Form of Asthma

Allergy & Asthma Network (AAN) and the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) today announced the launch of Be the Boss of Your Asthma, a national educational program that aims to raise awareness of severe eosinophilic asthma – or S.E.A. – a serious and often hard-to-control form of asthma.

Just One Click Can Spread Awareness About Asthma and Allergies

May is National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month. We hope you will join us in our efforts to raise awareness about asthma and allergies. Almost 25 million people in the US with asthma and about 6 million are children under the age of 18. Sadly, in the US, there are still 10 deaths per day due to asthma, and most of those fatalities are preventable. Together we can educate other about the seriousness of asthma.

AAFA Joins 96 Other Patient Groups to Oppose Rule That Would Harm People With Chronic Conditions

The I Am Essential coalition, submitted comments, signed by 97 patient groups, to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in opposition to the Trump Administration's proposed rule that would expand the scope and applicability of short-term, limited-duration insurance plans (short-term plans). The rule, if finalized, would have a crippling effect on individuals' healthcare.

Proper Science Policies Benefit Those With Asthma and Allergies

Recently, the government has cut funds for research. These cuts will affect all of us, especially those with asthma and allergies. On April 14, 2018, supporters will attend the March for Science. The purpose of the March for Science is to encourage public officials to pass evidence-based policies that benefit all people. The main march will occur in Washington, D.C. And more than 230 satellite events will occur around the world.

Those With Medicaid Have Better Access to Health Care Than Those Uninsured

Americans enrolled in Medicaid have far better access to health care and preventive services than those without coverage, according to new research released today by America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP). The in-depth study adds to the clear and consistent evidence that having health insurance coverage in general, and Medicaid specifically, provides significant value and protection for Americans.

Our Clean Air Crisis

The air we breathe is one of the greatest threats to our respiratory health. Millions of people worldwide die prematurely each year from air pollution. Air pollution affects children the most. Evidence links air pollution to preterm births, underdeveloped lungs, reduced lung function and asthma. In the U.S., of the 25 million who have asthma, 10 die every day.

Act Now to Help Protect National Asthma Control Program

Congress just cleared its final fiscal year 2018 spending bill. The bill included $29 million for the National Asthma Control Program (NACP). This program is run by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This important action reverses the president's proposed cut of nearly $4 million to the program. And it actually gives a slight increase to the NACP above what the program got in the 2017 fiscal year.

AAFA Joins Other Patient Groups to Voice Concerns Over Health Care Ruling

Access to proper health care coverage is essential and life-saving for people with asthma and allergies. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America has joined other patient groups to make up the I Am Essential coalition to advocate against changes that could threaten health care coverage for those we serve. This press release outlines the coalition's concerns about these proposed changes.

AAFA Issues Parental Guidance Warning About New Peter Rabbit Film

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) cautions parents raising children with food allergies that some scenes in the newly-released “Peter Rabbit” film may be disturbing for young viewers with food allergies. In the film, a character with a known food allergy to blackberries is attacked with them. This leads to a severe allergic reaction known as anaphylaxis and the need to use a lifesaving injection of the drug epinephrine.

One Member Finds a Lifeline While Managing Severe Asthma

For Andrew, breathing is a daily, ongoing struggle. Andrew was first diagnosed with moderate asthma when he was 10 years old. His first trip to the emergency room due to an asthma attack would be the first of many all-too-familiar trips. Through high school, asthma didn’t just affect him physically, but emotionally and academically, too. In addition to working hard to keep up with classwork from missed days, he also had to face relentless bullying – so severe that he had to change schools to...

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