Advocating for Patients

Emotional Support Animals on Planes: AAFA Submits Comment to the DOT

In January, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) proposed new rules regarding animals on planes . If passed, airlines would no longer be forced to recognize emotional support animals as service animals and may treat them as pets. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) has submitted our comment to the DOT on behalf of people with asthma and allergies. Read our comment below. We also encourage you to submit your own comment to the DOT about emotional support animals on...

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Crisis: Some States Open Enrollment for Health Insurance

With the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), many uninsured people are concerned about medical costs if they get sick. Several states have opened up their health care exchanges for a special open enrollment period. Some states are also giving people who’ve lost their jobs the chance to enroll. If you need insurance, you can enroll in the following states: California – deadline April 30 Colorado – deadline April 3 Connecticut – deadline April 2 Maryland – deadline April 15 Massachusetts –...

Clean Air, Sharp Minds Act Aims to Improve Indoor Air Quality in Schools to Improve Student Health and Learning

On Feb. 27, 2020, Senator Cory Booker and Representative Katherine Clark introduced the Clean Air, Sharp Minds Act. The proposed act would give schools a three-year grant to help them improve indoor air quality (IAQ) . The grant would allow schools in high pollution areas or that pose a severe health and safety threat to install commercial air filters. This program would be managed by the Department of Education and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). These grants aim to: Improve the...

February Advocacy Update: Over-the-Counter Medicines, Restaurant Safety and Cleaner Cars

Welcome to your February advocacy update. I’m Jenna Riemenschneider, director of advocacy at the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA). I am pictured above with AAFA board member Renuka Babu Brown and Senator Ed Markey's (D-MA) policy advisor Adam Axler. Over-the-Counter Drug Access and Cleaner Cars Rollbacks AAFA and other members of the Healthy Choices Coalition met with Representative Judy Chu's office. We asked her to co-sponsor the Restoring Access to Medication Act of 2019...

We Fight, Support and Advocate in Honor of Those Who Have Lost Their Lives

Dear Friends, One of the hardest things we do at the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America is have conversations with families who have lost loved ones to asthma. Our hearts break for them. We grieve along with them. After hearing these stories, we are determined to do even more for people with asthma and allergies. We understand that an asthma or allergy diagnosis can be a life-changing event. For those affected, we stand together, prepared not only to listen and to empathize, but also...

Her Health Comes First: One Mother Talks About the Challenges of Managing Her Child's Asthma

Asthma can be scary and overwhelming. It is the leading chronic disease in children and the top reason for missed school days due to chronic illness. I’m sure if you’ve been touched by this disease, you might empathize with this experience from LaJoy and her daughter, Abria.

AAFA Meets With DOT Alongside Other Disability Advocacy Groups to Discuss Service Animal Regulations for Airlines

Today, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation (AAFA) met with the Department of Transportation alongside several disability advocacy groups. We discussed service animal regulations and the impact of growing numbers of emotional support animals on airlines. We shared how difficult it is to travel when you have asthma and/or pet dander allergy. We’re working together to ensure people are treated fairly when it comes to disability accommodations—and not privileging one disability type over another.

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