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House Passes Bill Protecting Students With Asthma and Allergies, Moves to Senate for Vote

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:...

Asthma Disparities in America: It’s Time for Real and Lasting Change

Black, Hispanic and American Indian/Alaska Native people have the highest rates of asthma , hospital visits and asthma-related deaths. This has not changed since we first reported on it in 2005. It’s time to take bold steps to reduce disparities in asthma. Asthma Disparities in America Report Today, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) released its Asthma Disparities in America report. This report looks at how asthma affects Black, Hispanic and American Indian/Alaska Native...

Advocacy Update: Funding for Asthma Programs and Food Allergy Research, Protections for Students, and Action on Sesame Allergy

Great Strides in July 2020 for People With Asthma and Allergies AAFA has made great strides this month in advocating for policies that protect people with asthma and allergies. The House Energy and Commerce Committee passed the School-Based Allergies and Asthma Management Program Act (H.R. 2468) and the Food Allergy Safety, Treatment, Education, and Research (FASTER) Act (H.R. 2117) . These have been top priority issues for our organization and we're excited for this progress! UPDATE...

Asthma and Allergy Research With You as an Equal Partner

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) conducts and promotes patient-centered research to help you. This means your beliefs, preferences and needs are at the center of our research. Your input drives our advocacy work, guides our education programs and supports our community. Recently, we’ve studied the following topics: Symptoms of anaphylaxis in infants and toddlers Eczema burdens and people’s experiences with treatments Impact of COVID-19 on people with asthma and allergy Air...

Letter to the FDA: Require Food Manufacturers to Post Substitutions

On May 22, 2020, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) relaxed labeling guidelines for food companies . This is a temporary measure because of food supply issues due to COVID-19 (the new coronavirus). The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) met with the FDA to talk about how this will affect the food allergy community. After the meeting, we organized a joint letter with other food allergy advocacy organizations to send to the FDA. The letter addresses the FDA’s short-term food...

Congress Recognizes May as National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month

The U.S. House of Representatives has declared their support for National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month . Reps. Eliot Engel (D-NY), Fred Upton (R-MI), TJ Cox (D-CA) and Peter King (R-NY) submitted the resolution to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce on May 8, 2020. May is peak season for people with asthma and allergies. That’s why the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) chose it as a time to raise awareness and educate people on how to manage these conditions. Read...

COVID-19 and Its Impact on People With Asthma and Allergies: A Global Health Crisis

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) has been fighting to save lives for nearly 70 years. With your support, we provide education, conduct patient-centered research and advocate for protections for our community. Our experience and strong community ties allowed us to take prompt action on the COVID-19 crisis . Thanks to your generous support, we are leading the fight against COVID-19 for people with asthma and allergies. But we need your help to continue to provide COVID-19...

Asthma and Allergy Caucus to FDA: Take Action to Prevent Albuterol Shortages

Congressmen Eliot L. Engel (D-NY) and Fred Upton (R-MI), Co-Chairs of the Asthma and Allergy Caucus, joined by Congressmen TJ Cox (D-CA) and Peter King (R-NY), Members of Caucus, led 57 Members of the House on a letter to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) about shortages of albuterol inhalers, which are critical to effective asthma management.

Asthma Drug Shortages During COVID-19: A Letter From AAFA’s President and CEO

Because of the COVID-19 (new coronavirus) pandemic, we are facing a challenging and unprecedented time. COVID-19 is a respiratory infection, and the nearly 25 million Americans with asthma are at high risk for complications from the virus. As the leading patient organization for people with asthma and allergies, this has the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) deeply concerned for your health and well-being.

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...

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...

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