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Re: AAFA and Other Groups Ask New Administration to Protect People With Pre-Existing Conditions

Deborah Bartlett ·
This is an excellent topic. I would like for all of us to be protected.
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AAFA and Other Groups Ask New Administration to Protect People With Pre-Existing Conditions

AAFA Community Services ·
The countdown to Inauguration Day has begun. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) has joined 32 patient groups to represent millions of people with pre-existing conditions. We are urging lawmakers to spend their first 100 days in office working to make sure people have access to high-quality, affordable health coverage. “ The 100 Days Agenda: A Patient-First Blueprint ” outlines specific steps the president and other elected officials can take to protect patients. The first...
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Health Insurance Marketplace Guide for Asthma and Allergies for 2021

AAFA Community Services ·
If you have asthma or allergies, it is important to have health insurance. Medicine, lab tests, lung function tests and visits to see a specialist all add up. What do you need to know about your insurance options during open enrollment this year?
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Asthma and Black Americans: A Closer Look at Disparities and Solutions For Change

AAFA Community Services ·
Asthma disparities among Black communities in the United States have existed for many decades. Experts have studied and noted the causes in great detail. Recently, the focus finally started to shift from talking about the problem to changing it.
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Town Hall: Black Americans and the COVID-19 Vaccine

AAFA Community Services ·
The COVID-19 pandemic has hit Black Americans hard. According to The COVID Racial Data Tracker , the COVID death rate of Black Americans is 1.5 times that of white people. We now have two COVID-19 vaccines , with more on the way. While the vaccines offer hope overall, they raise other concerns. Many Black Americans may not be able to get it. Or they may choose to not to get it. The National Minority Quality Forum (NMQF) held a virtual town hall on Jan. 25, 2021, to examine barriers that may...
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Re: AAFA Advocacy Recap and What’s Next in 2021

lori1022 ·
Thank you for this summary. Such important initiatives to Champion! Pets/ESA/manipulative use of animal in public use business spaces by the public and animal owners in AIRLINERS (especially closed spaces) and event store/shop/retail/restaurant space businesses. Has been long, long, overdue. This has been extremely harmful for the disability population as we have seen. An application of service animal needed to be made OR ENFORCED. By large business associations and large companies, only way...
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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Crisis: Healthcare.gov and Some States Open Enrollment for Health Insurance

AAFA Community Services ·
Update – Feb. 18, 2021 We have updated this blog post with information on new state and Healthcare.gov special open enrollment periods. We have also included information on how health insurance access affects asthma disparities. Access to health care is an important part of managing asthma and allergy symptoms. But many people – especially Black, Hispanic, and Indigenous Americans – don’t have access to health insurance that would make health care affordable. This contributes to asthma...
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Re: Health Care Disparities in the Asthma and Allergy Community (Videos and Resources)

JR ·
The Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are both appropriate for adults over the age of 18 (Pfizer's can be given to teens/adults at 16 years old and up). Now, if you're coughing and choking because you have COVID, you should hold off on getting the vaccine until you feel better ( per the CDC ). If you are coughing and choking because you have an allergies (e.g., pollen, peanuts, pineapple, etc), you can still get the vaccine. That said, if you are allergic to any of the specific...
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Re: Health Care Disparities in the Asthma and Allergy Community (Videos and Resources)

Lorene ·
Hi @californiamom ! Welcome to the community. We have a blog post with lots of information on the COVID-19 vaccines . The post includes and easy-to-use chart that explains who should get which vaccine, who should talk their doctor first, and who may want to wait. Have you signed up for your vaccine appointment yet? Thanks for the reminder to smile - I always appreciate a good smile. Lorene
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AAFA Advocacy Recap and What’s Next in 2021

Jenna R. ·
The year 2020 was unlike any other – filled with loss and uncertainty for so many. With the nation still rocked by a global pandemic, this year is proving to be no different. Despite many obstacles, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) remains committed to advocating for the asthma and allergy community. Last year, we led and took part in more than 20 different coalitions working together to move bills through Congress and state governments. Four of the bills AAFA championed...
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Health Care Disparities in the Asthma and Allergy Community (Videos and Resources)

AAFA Community Services ·
The New England Chapter of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) recently hosted a webinar to examine health equity among Black Americans. Four experts joined the online discussion, titled “Speaker Series: Health Care Disparities in the Asthma and Allergy Community.” The panel looked at how these factors affect health equity: Social determinants of health Structural racism Implicit bias Asthma Disparities in America The burden of asthma in the U.S. falls disproportionately on...
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AAFA Honors Black History Month With a Focus on Health Equity

AAFA Community Services ·
February marks Black History Month in the United States. It celebrates the major achievements of Black Americans throughout history. It is also a chance to learn about key moments that have not only shaped the Black experience in America, but that of the entire nation. Black History Month is often a time to look at how far we’ve come and how far we have to go. At the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), we believe one of the best ways to honor the past is to heal the present and...
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Re: Health Care Disparities in the Asthma and Allergy Community (Videos and Resources)

californiamom ·
which vaccine do you suggest for a senior with breathing and coughing and choking issues? MODERNA, PFIZER OR JOHNSON AND JOHNSON? .....AND DON'T YOU FORGET TO SMILE TODAY. I KNOW I AM. On Thu, Feb 25, 2021 at 11:16 AM Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America < support@aafa.org> wrote:
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AAFA Partners With National Minority Quality Forum on Critical Research to Help Reduce Asthma Disparities

AAFA Community Services ·
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) is working with the National Minority Quality Forum (NMQF) on important asthma research. The goal of this partnership is to provide helpful data to help reduce asthma disparities among minority groups. NMQF is a health care research and education nonprofit. Their mission is to reduce patient risk by assuring the best possible care for all. They combine data and knowledge to help end health disparities. This data helps health care providers,...
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AAFA Supports Bills Aimed at Saving and Improving the Lives of Black Mothers

AAFA Community Services ·
Update as of March 2, 2021: Advocacy Action Alert! Ask your representatives to support the Black Maternal Health Momnibus Act. Use our simple tool at the bottom of this blog post to email a letter or share your message on Twitter. On Feb. 8, 2021, Rep. Lauren Underwood (D-IL), Rep. Alma Adams (D-NC), Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), and other leaders of Congress introduced the Black Maternal Health Momnibus Act . The act is made up of 12 bills introduced by Black Maternal Health Caucus members.
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Improving Social Determinants of Health Can Reduce Asthma Disparities

AAFA Community Services ·
Update as of March 2, 2021: Advocacy Action Alert! Ask your representatives to support t he Improving Social Determinants of Health Act of 2021 . Use our simple tool at the bottom of this blog post to email a letter or share your message on Twitter. Social and economic factors play a big role in health disparities in the United States. A health disparity is when a health condition, like asthma, affects one group of people differently than another group. In the U.S., Black, Hispanic, and...
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Re: AAFA Supports Bills Aimed at Saving and Improving the Lives of Black Mothers

Shea ·
I am not black but I had no support in the workplace during pregnancy, and my (now-ex) child's father only stole from me in that yi e period. I became ill, but worked until two days before I gave birth, used all my vacation days for the first 2 weeks after, actually had to bring my infant to work in my office after that, taking breaks to breast feed, and I got really sick during pregnancy and after. I had developed severe asthma during pregnancy, and then had a heart attack caused by a...
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Re: AAFA Advocacy Recap and What’s Next in 2021

MG ·
We agree with you, lori 1022. The problem spans all aspects of life: education, housing, work, transportation, medical care, recreation and basic activities of daily living. We need laws to protect people who are allergic and/or anxious, as there is direct discrimination even in the laws that are written. People are taking their dogs everywhere, because first the legal system allowed them to, and then it became socially acceptable. The media has become an enormous partner in the problem,...
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AAFA Asks Congress to Tackle Racial Disparities in Asthma and Allergies

AAFA Community Services ·
As part of our advocacy efforts for people with asthma and allergies, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) visits Congress every year. We invite patients and advocates from across the U.S. to let Congress know what policies can help improve the lives of people managing allergic diseases. Meetings were held on Zoom this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic . The meetings focused on the urgent need to fix the nation’s health disparities gap. AAFA’s theme for this year’s meetings...
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Health Insurance 101: Open Enrollment

AAFA Community Services ·
This is the time of year when you start hearing a lot about health insurance enrollment for 2017. Here is a review of what you need to know in order to buy a plan, whether you are buying insurance for the first time or switching plans.
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Asthma and Pregnancy: Information to Help You and Your Baby

AAFA Community Services ·
Asthma is one of the most common medical concerns during pregnancy. If you are pregnant with asthma , here is some information to help you give your baby a better chance for a strong, healthy start. Your asthma symptoms may change during pregnancy. About 1/3 of pregnant woman have worse asthma symptoms. And another 1/3 see their asthma symptoms get better. Keep your asthma well-controlled to benefit both you and your baby. If you breathe better, your baby can get oxygen it needs from your...
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Re: Health Insurance Marketplace Guide for Asthma and Allergies for 2021

Insurance Planner ·
This article is really amazing. Your health insurance guide for asthma and allergies for 2021 is fantastic for me. This information will be helpful for me. Because health insurance helps pay for medical services and sometimes prescription drugs.
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Advocacy Update: Asthma and Allergy Protections in Schools, Sesame Labeling, and Health Equity

Jenna R. ·
Welcome to your mid-year advocacy update from the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA). And what a year it has been so far! AAFA kicked off the year with the passing of two important bills in January. Former President Trump signed the School-Based Asthma and Allergy Management Program Act on Jan. 5. This bill encourages states to improve allergy and asthma care in schools. And Governor Charlie Baker signed Laura’s Law on Jan. 15 in Massachusetts. This law requires easy access to...
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Re: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Crisis: Healthcare.gov and Some States Open Enrollment for Health Insurance

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There are several ways to apply for and enroll in 2021 Marketplace health coverage .
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