Advocating for Patients

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...

Without Funding, Millions of Children Could Lose Health Care Coverage From CHIP Program

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) supports a five-year re-authorization of funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) without offsetting cuts (pay-fors) to other programs that benefit children. CHIP is a bipartisan success story that should be celebrated. The program was created in 1997 and has been championed by lawmakers on both sides of the aisle since its beginning.

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.

Weakening the Clean Air Act Will Worsen Asthma for Millions

Ozone is a gas that can irritate the lining of the lungs, causing damage. It can reduce lung function and make it harder for you to breathe deeply. Car exhaust, chemicals and industrial facilities create ozone. High temperatures from climate change make ozone worse. Ozone contributes to what we call “smog.” 1 As ozone increases, so do asthma rates. Research has directly linked ozone to asthma attacks. 2 High levels of ozone even affects people with healthy lungs. Unless we take action now to...

AAFA Meets With EPA to Ask for Action on Climate Change

On June 20, 2017, AAFA met with EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to ask him to clean our air for those impacted by climate change. We presented him with our Declaration on Climate Change and Health . Climate change is a serious threat to our health, especially to the more vulnerable members of the population. Asthma and allergies rates will continue to rise until we take action against climate change.

AAFA to Join Moms Clean Air Force to Call for Action on Climate Change

You may be familiar with the common affects of climate change: extreme weather, rising sea levels and melting ice caps. But did you know climate change can also make allergies and asthma symptoms worse? On July 13, 2017, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) will join Moms Clean Air Force at Upper Senate Park in Washington, D.C., to support action against climate change. Instead of a sit-in, moms and their children will host their fourth annual Play-In for Climate Action. The...

New York City Bill Aims to Make Rental Homes Asthma-Friendly

On June 13, 2017, the Coalition for Asthma-Free Homes gathered on the steps of New York’s City Hall to encourage legislators to pass the Asthma-Free Housing Act (Intro 385B) . Area residents, medical experts and environmental advocates joined them. Heidi Bayer, Chairman of the Board for the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, was also there. This bill would help reduce indoor allergens in rented homes that can trigger asthma symptoms . Landlords would be required to inspect homes for...

A Declaration on Climate Change and Health

June 19, 2017 As leading public health, patient advocacy, nursing and medical organizations, we reiterate our longstanding commitment to addressing climate change as a public health issue. The statement below articulates our consensus on the health impacts of climate change and the need for action to protect the public’s health. The health impacts of climate change demand immediate action. The science is clear ; communities across the nation are experiencing the health impacts of climate...

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