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AAFA St. Louis’ RESCUE® Program Keeps Kids with Asthma in Class

What happens when a child has an asthma attack while at school? If they’re lucky, they have asthma rescue medication at school that they can use. Unfortunately, many students do not. For these unlucky students, an asthma attack often means making a trip to the hospital or going home. Why don’t all students who need it have this medication at school? Sometimes they do not have a prescription for it. Other times the problem is money: their parents cannot afford to buy the medicine. Getting a...

AAFA Names 15 States to 2016 State Honor Roll™ of Asthma and Allergy Policies for Schools

The 2016 State Honor Roll™ of Asthma and Allergy Policies for Schools (SHR) report identifies states that make it a priority to create healthy school settings for students with asthma and allergies. This annual report lists states with comprehensive laws and policies aimed at keeping children with asthma and allergies healthy at school.

Access to Allergy Shots at Risk

The FDA issued a proposed guidance titled “Insanitary Conditions at Compounding Facilities: Guidance for Industry”. It would likely limit the ability of doctors to provide allergy shots in their offices. The proposed guidance applies to any facility, including doctor offices, that prepares sterile compounds. This includes allergy shots for immunotherapy. AAFA urges you to contact your members of Congress and tell them that you oppose the FDA Guidance. TAKE ACTION NOW Tell Congress it will...

Does Your School Stock Medicine for Asthma Emergencies?

Does your state allow schools to stock quick-relief medicines for asthma? Quick-relief medicines , such as albuterol, act fast to relax tight muscles around your airways. This allows the airways to open up so air can flow through them. Congress is considering a law to encourage states to permit these “ albuterol stocking ” school policies . The School-Based Asthma Management Programs Act builds upon a similar law that encourages states to require schools to stock epinephrine auto-injectors.

Action Needed to Protect Medicaid Coverage for Allergy Testing in Kentucky

Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin and the Cabinet for Health and Family Services have proposed several cuts to Medicaid benefits including one that affects allergy sufferers. One of the changes proposed is to remove coverage for allergy testing for people on Medicaid. Allergy testing is an important part of diagnosing an allergy. The Cabinet for Health and Family Services is accepting public comments about the proposed changes. AAFA encourages constituents to contact Commissioner Stephen Miller...

How Can the ADA Help Me If I Have Asthma or Allergies?

Does the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) apply to you if you have asthma or allergies? Yes, it can, in many situations at work and at school. The ADA is a federal civil rights law. And asthma and allergies are usually considered disabilities under the ADA. This law gives people with disabilities the right to ask for changes where policies, practices or conditions leave you out or put you at a disadvantage. Public companies and places must give people with disabilities full access to...

Climate Change Takes a Toll on  Asthma and Allergy Health

Climate change is a major issue for environmental health as well as public health. Warming temperatures contribute to longer and more severe pollen seasons. That makes respiratory diseases worse. So this week, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America joins nearly 20 other organizations in signing a statement called “A Declaration on Climate Change and Health.” The letter is being released at the start of National Public Health Week. It is also World Allergy Week, a week created by the...

AAFA Delivers the Facts on Allergy Shots

In January we told you about proposed regulations that could limit your access to allergen immunotherapy (allergy shots). The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) is proposing rules that would likely limit the ability of allergists to mix allergen extracts for their patients. That may mean that allergy shots are simply not available to many people - or are available, but not covered by insurance. The insurance coverage of this treatment may also be restricted. The Asthma and Allergy...

Congress Introduces Bill to Protect Students with Asthma

Congress is taking steps to improve how schools across the country manage asthma. The federal bill is called the School-Based Asthma Management Programs Act (HR 4662). The bill encourages states to improve asthma care in schools. Schools that adopt improved asthma management programs and policies would have a better chance of receiving federal grant money for asthma programs. Representatives Phil Roe (R-TN) and Steny Hoyer (D-MD) are the sponsors of the bill. The bill calls for: stocking...

AAFA Addresses Amtrak's New "Pets on Trains" Policy

Notice any small cats and dogs riding the rails on Amtrak recently? One of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America's Facebook fans did. The person told us about a recent policy change, writing: This obviously poses a huge health risk to children and adults with pet allergies, some of which may be severe or even life-threatening. Amtrak isn't even reserving a single car to be designated as pet-free, not even the quiet car. Would the AAFA be willing to send a letter to Amtrak illustrating...