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The Concerning Rise of Youth Vaping and What States Can Do to Help

AAFA Community Services ·
Vaping is causing serious lung disease in many teens. Yet, youth vaping continues to rise at an alarming rate. State policies can help curb youth vaping. As part of our 2019 State Honor Roll™ of Asthma and Allergy Policies for Schools (SHR), we look at the rise of vaping among our youth and what states can do to reduce rates.
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Three Bills Could Have a Big Impact on People With Asthma and Allergies

AAFA Community Services ·
May is National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month . During this month, our community seeks to raise greater awareness with family, friends, coworkers and others about what it is like to live with asthma and allergies. It’s also a good time to engage with your elected officials in Congress about several pieces of legislation that improve access to asthma and allergy treatments and medicines, and protect the rights of our patient community. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA)...
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What Forms Do You Need for School If Your Child Has Asthma?

AAFA Community Services ·
Asthma is the leading chronic disease in children. It is also the top reason for missed school days. If your child has asthma, know what forms your school requires for managing medications and asthma episodes at school. You must send a new set of signed forms to their school each year.
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What to Do If You Can't Afford Your Asthma Medicines

AAFA Community Services ·
Keeping your asthma under control is a key part of staying healthy. Avoiding asthma triggers to prevent symptoms is important. So is carrying a quick-relief (rescue) inhaler everywhere you go. Long-term control medicines that you take every day help you prevent and control asthma symptoms. But asthma medicine can be expensive, whether or not you have insurance. If multiple members of your family have asthma, the cost is even greater. Your house may be stocked with different kinds of inhalers...
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What You Need to Know About Medicare Drug Coverage If You Have Asthma and Allergies

AAFA Community Services ·
If you have health insurance through Medicare, coverage for medicines is not automatic – you must sign up for a Medicare Part D plan. Here is what you need to know to enroll before the Dec. 7 deadline.
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How Much a Child's Caregiver Knows About Asthma Can Affect Hospital Stays

AAFA Community Services ·
Asthma is a complex disease, and it can be a challenge to keep up with your child’s medications and treatments. New research being presented at the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) Annual Scientific Meeting shows children of caregivers with poor asthma knowledge were four times more likely to have a prolonged hospital stay. A “prolonged” stay was defined as more than two days.
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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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January Asthma and Allergy Advocacy Update: Progress Toward School Protections

Jenna R. ·
Happy New Year! Welcome to your January advocacy update. I’m Jenna Riemenschneider, director of Advocacy at the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA).
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Losing Laura: Each Day 10 Too Many People Die From Asthma

AAFA Community Services ·
In this essay, you’ll hear from Peter DeMarco of Boston, Massachusetts, who lost his wife, Laura Levis, to asthma. Boston ranks #8 on our 2019 Asthma Capitals report. It has such a high ranking because of a high number of people with asthma and asthma-related deaths.
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Managing the Stress of Asthma in Boston, Massachusetts, the #11 Asthma Capital

AAFA Community Services ·
As Nancy Gomez knows, managing a child’s severe asthma can take a big toll on a parent’s time, finances and emotions. Nancy’s 10-year-old son, Oziel, has had asthma and allergies since he was a baby. Today Oziel has environmental allergies to pollen, animals, dust, smoke and more. His allergies, exercise and cold weather all trigger his asthma. On top of this, Oziel also has life-threatening food allergies. And he is autistic. Managing all of this is a constant challenge.
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Medicare Advantage Plans to Offer Medical Coverage That Can Benefit Those With Asthma

AAFA Community Services ·
Air conditioners for people with asthma, healthy groceries, rides to medical appointments and home-delivered meals may be among the new benefits added to Medicare Advantage coverage when new federal rules take effect next ye
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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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November Asthma and Allergy Advocacy Update: School Protections and Emotional Support Animals and Epinephrine Auto-Injectors on Planes

Jenna R. ·
Welcome to your November advocacy update. I’m Jenna Riemenschneider, Director of Advocacy at the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA).
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Re: GlaxoSmithKline Recalls Two Lots of Ventolin HFA Albuterol Sulfate Inhalers

Ree ·
I do apologize! I switched a number around. Thanks for getting back to me so quickly. I moved recently and my pharmacy is in another state. I will see what I can do to get another prescription sent to me. Thanks
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Re: Texas Schools Suspend Students After Saving Classmates from Asthma Attacks

AAFA Community Services ·
If you live in Texas and are concerned about these incidents, you can visit AAFA's Action Center to send a letter to your state legislators and the school district superintendents. Send a Letter to TX Legislators or the School Administrators
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Re: NYC Taking Steps to Promote Healthy Housing

Bailey Morey ·
My sister stays in NYC and I have visited her quite a few times. From my visits, I can say that NYC is one of the worst cities to stay for asthma patients. The level of pollution and allergens is too high in NYC. I hope this healthy housing scheme would improve the living conditions in the state. Another thing that I feel should be done is create more awareness about the use of vacuum cleaners. Nowadays, there are specially designed vacuum cleaners like the dyson cinetic ones which are...
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Re: Share Your Stories About Animals on Planes and How They Affect People With Asthma and Allergies

LAC ·
My heart also goes out to all the people who can't fly and go into public buildings; the child forced to deplane while adults cheered and jeered at him; the people dragged off planes or forced off planes because dogs are being put before people with asthma, allergies, autism, dog phobias and OCD. We need the federal service dog law to be tighter, with state registries, to not only protect people with legitimate service dogs, such as blind people, but to end this trend of everyone thinking...
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Re: AAFA Addresses Amtrak's New "Pets on Trains" Policy

LAC ·
I am working in my state to get a bill introduced on behalf of those of us with life-threatening asthma, allergies and anaphylaxis in regards to this ubiquitous problem of fake service pets, "emotional support" dogs and just general entitlement of pet owners bringing pets into nearly every public building and store. Those of us with dander-sensitive disabilities have been suffering in silence, are being pushed out of our communities and have been ignored, treated rudely and unheard while the...
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Re: AAFA Addresses Amtrak's New "Pets on Trains" Policy

SheridanCN1 ·
Definitely interested! There is an enormous amount of misinformation being disseminated about animal dander allergies, and appropriate treatment for asthma and allergies. There is a lot of work that can and should be done to help people understand the facts and the fair treatment of persons affected by these conditions.
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Re: AAFA Addresses Amtrak's New "Pets on Trains" Policy

LAC ·
The bill in my state passed in the House Committee. If it is voted to pass in the House, it will move to the Senate. It is a long process, but you have to begin by contacting your local House of Representatives rep for your area. Explain to him or her why a bill in your state is needed and ask him or her to look at examples of other states who are tightening up on the misrepresentation of pets as "service animals".
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Re: AAFA Addresses Amtrak's New "Pets on Trains" Policy

LAC ·
Unfortunately, the American Civil Liberties Union will not intervene in this matter with public transportation. The number you provided is a great course of action as is local state action.
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Re: AAFA Addresses Amtrak's New "Pets on Trains" Policy

MG ·
I totally agree with you. The problem is becoming out of control. I have tried reaching out to both the federal and state government to have action taken to revise ADA or put laws into place protecting those with animal allergies. I'm told that the issues aren't "on their agendas". I've been told that I need to make a groundswell to get the government to listen. Any ideas would be welcome. The Department of Justice wasn't very helpful, telling me to take up my issues with my state...
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Re: AAFA Addresses Amtrak's New "Pets on Trains" Policy

MG ·
My state passed a bill making it a misdemeanor to misrepresent a pet as a service animal. Unfortunately, the law is nearly impossible to enforce since there are so many limitations on what can be asked to prove the animal is a service animal. Most businesses don't know the laws so they don't bother to ask. Many people continue to lie if they are asked because they know they don't have to provide any proof. I have requested to my State representatives that the ADA be strengthened so that...
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Re: AAFA Addresses Amtrak's New "Pets on Trains" Policy

Saphiregirl ·
Since a pitbull attacked a child in an airport recently in my state, and the airline said the person presented a letter that was not verified as their proof of the animal being a "service animal", I am terrified of these dogs. I encountered a pitbull in a grocery store several months ago, and the owner knew he was not supposed to have the dog in the store. However, since there was no checker or security around, he took advantage of the opportunity to let his pitbull accompany him on his...
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Re: AAFA Addresses Amtrak's New "Pets on Trains" Policy

MG ·
I share your frustration. I have been asking the federal government to strengthening the ADA so that there is some oversight. When it was enacted years ago, there were fewer conditions which used service dogs. The number of conditions covered has grown dramatically and the abuse of the law has spiraled out of control. There is no scientific evidence that some of these conditions are helped by service dogs, and there is no regulation of organizations which claim to train service dogs to work...
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Re: AAFA Addresses Amtrak's New "Pets on Trains" Policy

LAC ·
The problem is that AAFA is not aggressively fighting this problem of pet dogs and emotional support pets in public buildings without let up. They need to make this a prominent focal point of allergy and asthma prevention. This is perhaps the primary health risk to people with dander-sensitive asthma and allergies, yet it is virtually ignored publicly by AAFA and other so-called health support programs!
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Re: AAFA Addresses Amtrak's New "Pets on Trains" Policy

MG ·
I agree that there needs to be more emphasis on animal allergies. I have asked the president of the AAFA, Kenny Mendez, for more aid in battling the onslaught of animals in public places. I have been told by the AAFA that they have limited resources, and food allergies have taken precedence. I am concerned now that service dogs are being trained to detect food allergens, basically pitting one allergy group against another. If others on this board speak directly to the president of the AAFA...
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Re: AAFA Addresses Amtrak's New "Pets on Trains" Policy

LAC ·
I spoke with a representative at AAFA in December 2018. Although she said that AAFA has brought the perspectives of people with dander-sensitive disabilities to the Department of Transportation (DOT) (because the airline industry doesn't have to honor our ADA rights), AAFA does not, from what I can locate, seem to be doing any serious, aggressive public campaigns on our behalf. You are correct that AAFA seems to be primarily focused on food allergies; they also hide behind arbitrary "air...
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Re: The Concerning Rise of Youth Vaping and What States Can Do to Help

AAFA Community Services ·
CDC, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), state and local health departments, and other clinical and public health partners are investigating a multistate outbreak of severe pulmonary disease associated with e-cigarette product (devices, liquids, refill pods, and/or cartridges) use. This investigation is ongoing and has not identified a cause, but all reported cases have a history of using e-cigarette products. Read more: Outbreak of Lung Illness Associated with Using E-cigarette...
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Re: How Do You Track Air Quality for Better Asthma Management?

Kgblanchard ·
Hello! I am trying to get in touch with an advocacy group regarding the air quality in some of our entertainment venues in Lake Charles, Louisiana. While there is a smoking ban in much of the state at casinos, bars and restaurants, there is no ban on smoking in our Lake Charles casinos - and there is no reason for that! Considering I have asthma and most of my work social events and meetings take place in the casinos meeting rooms, I struggle breathing for days after those meetings. Can...
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Our Commitment to Bridging the Gap In Racial Disparities

AAFA Community Services ·
U.S. systems have historically failed Black Americans and other marginalized groups. AAFA's goal is to dramatically reduce the burden of asthma and allergies for underserved groups within five years.
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Re: Ask the Allergist: What Is Considered a High Dose of Steroids for Asthma Treatment?

Shea ·
These new biologics are expensive-- even with insurance the out of pocket costs make them unaffordable to me. That might change with time. I know there are some programs out there that help people, but in my current situation none help me. I am also curious if people are able to stop them without needing to go back on them or oral steroids, or if they need to continue them indefinitely. I also worry about any new medications long-term risks, like for cancers. Some of that is hard to know...
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Advocacy Update: Funding for Asthma Programs and Food Allergy Research, Protections for Students, and Action on Sesame Allergy

AAFA Community Services ·
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...
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AAFA Appoints Melanie Carver Chief Mission Officer

AAFA Community Services ·
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) is excited to announce Melanie Carver has been named Chief Mission Officer of the organization. As Chief Mission Officer, Carver will continue to lead AAFA’s programmatic work as a community-focused organization. Included in that community focus, she will oversee AAFA’s community outreach, marketing and communications, education, and asthma & allergy friendly® Certification Program relations. She will also continue to help provide...
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How COVID-19 Could Affect School Health Care Plans for Asthma and Allergies

AAFA Community Services ·
Even though COVID-19 will change how schools operate for the 2020-2021 school year, children with asthma and allergies need to have a school health care plan in place if they are returning to in-person learning. Physical distancing, extra hand-washing , face masks and coverings , and other school policies may impact your child’s care plan. What Is a School Health Care Plan? A school health care plan is a document (or set of documents) that outlines your child’s medical condition and how it...
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Asthma Disparities in America: It’s Time for Real and Lasting Change

AAFA Community Services ·
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...
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AAFA Releases 2019 State Honor Roll Report in Advance of Asthma Peak Week

AAFA Community Services ·
Schools provide valuable education to students. But the very resource that is supposed to benefit our children can actually be a cause of asthma symptoms and allergic reactions. Some states have policies in place that protect children with asthma and allergies. These 15 states made our 2019 State Honor Roll™ of Asthma and Allergy Policies for Schools (SHR). See how your state ranks.
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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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Understanding Health Insurance Changes for 2021

AAFA Community Services ·
Health care reform has been a big topic in the news for a while now. With so much news on the topic, it can get confusing, especially during the federal Health Insurance Marketplace’s (Healthcare.gov) open enrollment. Here are some things to know about health care for 2021.
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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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It Never Should Have Happened: Recognizing Racial Bias in Asthma Could Have Saved Valerie’s Husband

AAFA Community Services ·
On Sept. 16, 2020, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) released our Asthma Disparities in America report. This report looks at how asthma affects Black, Hispanic and American Indian/Alaska Native groups in the United States. After coming across this report, Valerie Vison reached out to share her story. In the essay below, you’ll hear from Valerie, who lost her husband, Jordan, to asthma on July 22. In a World of “What If” – Could Racial Bias Have Contributed to My 30-Year-Old...
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DOT Proposes New Rules for Animals on Planes

AAFA Community Services ·
On Jan. 22, 2020, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) released proposed rules on animals on planes. If they finalize these rules, airlines would no longer be forced to recognize emotional support animals as service animals and may treat them as pets.
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AAFA’s Medical Scientific Council Shares Statement on Early Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine Safety Questions for People With Allergies

AAFA Community Services ·
"Recent media reports of reactions to the new Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, first out of the U.K. and now one report in the United States are stirring safety concerns for people with a history of serious allergies. It’s important to remember that we still don’t have the full details regarding the specifics of any of these reported reactions. Allergists, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are all keeping an eye on these...
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A Kind Heart: One Mom Shares Her Daughter’s Legacy to Help Prevent Asthma Deaths

AAFA Community Services ·
It shouldn’t have happened. Not to Urainia Bendter. Not to her ex-husband. Not to her partner Lamont Sykes. Not to her grieving son. Not to her newborn daughter. And not to Adaora Elikwu. At only 12 years old, Adaora was destined for greatness. She knew what she wanted − to go an Ivy League school and be a lawyer one day. She was well on her way, having been accepted into the DREAM Specialized High School Institute to earn a seat at a specialized high school in New York City. Talkative and...
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Congress Passes School-Based Allergies and Asthma Management Program Act

AAFA Community Services ·
Update: It's official! On Jan. 5, 2021, the president signed the School-Based Allergies and Asthma Management Program Act into law. Thank you to our community. Your efforts helped to get this bill signed into law, which will help thousands of students with asthma and allergies and their families nationwide. AAFA Celebrates Major Advocacy Win! Congress Passes School-Based Allergies and Asthma Management Program Act, H.R. 2468 Law gives greater protections and resources to students with asthma...
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House Passes Bill Protecting Students With Asthma and Allergies, Moves to Senate for Vote

AAFA Community Services ·
Update: It's official! On Jan. 5, 2021, the president signed the School-Based Allergies and Asthma Management Program Act into law. Thank you to our community. Your efforts helped to get this bill signed into law, which will help thousands of students with asthma and allergies and their families nationwide. 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...
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AAFA CEO and President Testifies in Support of Protections for School Children With Asthma and Food Allergies

AAFA Community Services ·
On Jan. 8, 2020, Kenneth Mendez, CEO and president of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), spoke before members of the U.S. House of Representatives about the need for protections for school children with asthma and food allergies.
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