Tagged With "advocacy"

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Funding Cuts to Medical Research Hurt People with Asthma and Allergies

Melanie Carver ·
All Americans, including people with asthma and allergies, have benefited from the important research provided by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
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Missouri Law Helps Children With Uncontrolled Asthma

AAFA Community Services ·
Children with uncontrolled asthma in Missouri have a new option to stay healthier. The law that makes this possible will save the state thousands of dollars. We recently spoke with the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, St. Louis Chapter, which campaigned for the law, to find out more about it.
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AAFA to Join Moms Clean Air Force to Call for Action on Climate Change

AAFA Community Services ·
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...
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New York City Bill Aims to Make Rental Homes Asthma-Friendly

AAFA Community Services ·
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...
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Re: AAFA to Join Moms Clean Air Force to Call for Action on Climate Change

AAFA Community Services ·
Thank you to everyone who joined us at the event and participated in the Thunderclap! We've shared some photos from the event in our photo album. Here are a couple:
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Hundreds Gather to Send Message to Congress About Climate Change

AAFA Community Services ·
On July 13, 2017, Moms Clean Air Force hosted their fourth annual Play-In for Climate Action near the Capitol in Washington, D.C. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation (AAFA) was there to show support.
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New York City Passes Bill to Protect Renters With Asthma

AAFA Community Services ·
On Jan. 19, 2018, the New York City Council passed the Asthma-Free Housing Act (Intro 385B). This is a big step toward creating asthma-friendly rental housing that can improve the lives of many in New York.
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Re: New York City Bill Aims to Make Rental Homes Asthma-Friendly

Sneezy79 ·
They need this in California ASAP....
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AAFA Joins Other Patient Groups to Voice Concerns Over Health Care Ruling

AAFA Community Services ·
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.
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18 Senators Sign Gillibrand-Sheehan “Dear Colleague” Letter Supporting the National Asthma Control Program!

AAFA Community Services ·
Thanks to your efforts, 18 senators signed onto a “Dear Colleague” letter requesting support for a $30-million appropriation in fiscal year 2019 for the National Asthma Control Program (NACP) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
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Health Care Rule That Could Affect Those With Chronic Conditions Is Finalized

AAFA Community Services ·
The Trump Administration released a final rule expanding the scope and applicability of association health plans (AHPs). The Department of Labor’s rule implements President Trump’s October 2017 executive order which directed agencies to change existing regulations to provide consumers with more options for health care coverage.
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Re: Health Care Rule That Could Affect Those With Chronic Conditions Is Finalized

Amber Says Shine ·
Thanks for this info. Are there any recommended action items if we'd like to get involved? Recommendations for calling/writing our Congressional Representatives, for example.
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Re: Health Care Rule That Could Affect Those With Chronic Conditions Is Finalized

Kathy P ·
Amber - we are working behind the scenes and will let everyone know about actions to take once things are finalized. Stay tuned!
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Re: Share Your Stories About Animals on Planes and How They Affect People With Asthma and Allergies

Shea ·
Thank you for this info and for helping us organize and express ourselves in this matter! I did submit my comment to them. I hope it makes a difference!
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Re: Health Care Rule That Could Affect Those With Chronic Conditions Is Finalized

Melanie Carver ·
If you receive health insurance through your job, be sure to tell your employer now how important affordable, non-discriminatory health care is to you and your family! Many employers are shopping around for plans now before open enrollment begins in late fall.
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Share Your Stories About Animals on Planes and How They Affect People With Asthma and Allergies

AAFA Community Services ·
Has the increase in pets on planes made travel difficult for you or family members with asthma or allergies? Have you had to change travel plans or leave a plane because of animals on your flight? Have you had an asthma attack or severe allergic reaction on a flight because of sharing a cabin with animals? If so, we encourage you to share your story with the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). They are asking for public comments on pets on planes.
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Re: Share Your Stories About Animals on Planes and How They Affect People With Asthma and Allergies

MizWheezie ·
While my heart goes out to people who require "Service Animals" to assist in their every day life, I think there should definitely be some consideration for those of us with severe allergies to animal dander... Being cooped up on a plane (or train) with them for several hours, or even 30-45 minutes, is sheer torture for people like us, unfortunately.
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Re: Share Your Stories About Animals on Planes and How They Affect People With Asthma and Allergies

Melissa G ·
Thank you ladies for taking the time to fill out the survey!
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Re: Play-In for Climate Action to Bring Attention to the Negative Effects of Poor Air Quality

AAFA Community Services ·
The location for the Play-In has changed to t he National Mall at 3rd Street NW and Madison Drive NW.
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Re: Share Your Stories About Animals on Planes and How They Affect People With Asthma and Allergies

Allergictoanimals ·
I completed the survey. All, Has anyone been traveling by plane that can recommend a company mask to cover nose and mouth on plane to protect from pet dander? I haven't travelled since early 2015 and hoping to take a trip at the end of this month. Thanks in advance for your help.
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Re: Share Your Stories About Animals on Planes and How They Affect People With Asthma and Allergies

K8sMom2002 ·
Thanks for making your voice heard, AllergictoAnimals! Masks are a favorite topic on our community forums, with several brands favored by different members. Check out this discussion about using masks to help with asthma .
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Play-In for Climate Action to Bring Attention to the Negative Effects of Poor Air Quality

AAFA Community Services ·
On July 11, 2018, moms and their children will host the fifth annual Play-In for Climate Action. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) will join Moms Clean Air Force on the U.S. Capital Grounds in Washington, D.C., to support action against climate change. The family-friendly event will have kids’ activities, music and speakers.
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Groups Gather to Voice Concerns About Climate Change’s Impact on Health

AAFA Community Services ·
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) joined Moms Clean Air Force on July 11, 2018, to raise awareness about the health impacts of climate change. The Play-In for Climate Action was held on the National Mall. Hundreds of parents and their children from across the U.S. participated in the event to draw attention to the harmful effects of air pollution . Studies show that air pollution can worsen asthma symptoms. Climate change also creates longer and heavier pollen seasons. A...
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10 Health and Medical Organizations Strongly Oppose the Trump Administration’s Plan to Revoke Cleaner Cars Standards

AAFA Community Services ·
“This proposal from EPA and NHTSA would dismantle fair, achievable pollution limits with a track record of success, limits that will help protect Americans from the life-threatening health impacts of climate change. The proposal would also preempt the ability of states to protect the health of their residents by curbing greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles. If these vehicle standards are weakened, the nation loses a crucial tool to fight climate change."
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Re: 10 Health and Medical Organizations Strongly Oppose the Trump Administration’s Plan to Revoke Cleaner Cars Standards

Shea ·
I am really upset about these standards for pollution. I just read an article today called " EPA admits new emissions plan could lead to 1,400 premature deaths a year AUG 21, 2018 6:12 PM EDT U.S. BY JASON SILVERSTEIN / CBS NEWS : "A 289-page EPA report released Tuesday provides details on the impact of the Trump administration's Affordable Clean Energy rule, which would reverse Obama-era cuts to power plant carbon pollution. The EPA acknowledges that the proposed plan is expected to...
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Ten Health and Medical Groups Oppose EPA's Harmful Clean Power Plan 'Replacement' Proposal

AAFA Community Services ·
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America is sharing this press release to bring you the latest research news quickly. [PRESS RELEASE] Ten Health and Medical Groups Oppose EPA's Harmful Clean Power Plan 'Replacement' Proposal (August 22, 2018) - WASHINGTON, D.C. In response to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) release of the proposed Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule to replace the Clean Power Plan, the Allergy & Asthma Network, the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy...
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Plea to the Department of Health and Human Services: People With Allergies Need Access to Epinephrine Now

AAFA Community Services ·
Manufacturing and insurance issues have made it hard for many members of our community to fill their prescriptions for epinephrine auto-injectors in recent months. But the drug epinephrine itself is not in short supply. This has become a serious concern for families of children with life-threatening food allergies. When families who manage food allergies are in fear for their children's lives because they can't get the medicine they need, our system is broken.
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Re: Ten Health and Medical Groups Oppose EPA's Harmful Clean Power Plan 'Replacement' Proposal

K8sMom2002 ·
Thanks, Shea! I'm so glad you shared your comments with the EPA! I hope other people will make their opinions known as well. Folks here can also sign up to be an AAFA Advocate by joining AAFA's Action Network if they haven't already.
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Re: Plea to the Department of Health and Human Services: People With Allergies Need Access to Epinephrine Now

Noemi ·
I just picked up on August 28, an epi pen from Kaiser Permanente and received only one injector!
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Re: Ten Health and Medical Groups Oppose EPA's Harmful Clean Power Plan 'Replacement' Proposal

Shea ·
The public does have the ability to comment on the proposed changes (I did!), but only for a short time. Here is the info on how to share your voice (pasted from https://www.epa.gov/stationary...proposal-how-comment ) EPA will accept comment on the proposed Affordable Clean Energy rule for 60 days after publication in the Federal Register. Comments should be identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2017-0355 and may be submitted by one of the following methods. Online: Go to...
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Re: Plea to the Department of Health and Human Services: People With Allergies Need Access to Epinephrine Now

Melissa G ·
Oh no Noemi! Are you able to get another one, or another set?
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Re: Plea to the Department of Health and Human Services: People With Allergies Need Access to Epinephrine Now

Melissa G ·
Is it because of the unavailability or your insurance?
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