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Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America Breath eNewsletter

There’s a lot of action going on as AAFA advocates for clean air; healthier environments in homes, airplanes and schools; and protecting health insurance coverage for people with pre-existing conditions like asthma and allergies. Help us amplify our messages by joining in on our Action Alerts below. Our new tool makes it easy for you to send an email, social media message or phone message to your elected officials.
Action for Health Insurance

TAKE ACTION: Could You Lose Your Health Care Under Proposed Changes?

The Senate could vote on the American Health Care Act / Better Care Reconciliation Act soon. If it passes as it is written, millions could lose access to health care and Medicaid benefits. It would also remove essential health benefits coverage and reduce services for people with pre-existing conditions like asthma and allergies. The proposed changes would also allow insurers to reinstate lifetime caps on coverage (including prescription drugs).

Make your voice heard now. Tell Congress not to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act until there is a better bill to protect pre-existing conditions and those on Medicare. Use our easy tool on aafa.org to email, call or send a message to your senator on social media.


AAFA Is Part of the Modern Medicaid Alliance

The Modern Medicaid Alliance is a group of Americans and advocacy organizations who believe in the value of Medicaid. AAFA is a proud member of the Alliance. Together, we work to educate lawmakers and the public about the benefits of Medicaid, as well as encourage innovation to make sure it reaches as many people who need it as possible. Read more about the Alliance at modernmedicaid.org.
Action on Climate Change

AAFA, Other Health Organizations Call for Action on Climate Change

Climate change is taking its toll on our health and needs immediate action. High ozone levels, air pollution, extreme weather patterns and more are linked to increased disease rates and premature deaths. AAFA joined with 17 other health groups to issue a Declaration on Climate Change and Health.

AAFA Asks the EPA for Action on Climate Change

On June 20, 2017, AAFA met with EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to ask him to clean our air for those impacted by climate change. We presented him with our Declaration on Climate Change and Health. Increases in adult-onset asthma, allergies and acute allergic rhinitis create a larger economic burden on our economy. We will continue to advocate on behalf of those with asthma and allergies.

TAKE ACTION: Kids and Parents Take Action on Climate Change

On July 13, 2017, we will gather at Upper Senate Park in Washington, D.C., with Moms Clean Air Force to promote action against climate change. Instead of a sit-in, we are co-hosting a play-in with family-friendly activities, speakers and live music.

If you live in the area, we’d love to see you there. If you can’t come, join our Thunderclap to show your support online.

Action for Healthy Environments

TAKE ACTION: Albuterol in Schools: Tell Your Legislators to Support HR 2285 to Protect Students With Asthma

The U.S. House of Representatives is considering a bill that would encourage schools to stock quick-relief asthma medicines, like albuterol. This is similar to the epinephrine stocking law that of  2013. Under this bill, states that have laws requiring albuterol stocking and asthma management plans would have a better chance to receive certain grants. School staff could give quick-relief medicines without a prescription.

Use our Action Alert tool to send a message to your representatives to ask them to pass HR 2285 to protect students with asthma.

New York City Bill Aims to Make Home Rentals More Asthma-Friendly

In many low-income areas of New York City, as many as 25 percent of children have asthma. Mold and pests, like cockroaches, can cause asthma symptoms. Reducing these would improve the quality of life and reduce health costs for many New Yorkers.

On June 13, 2017, AAFA and the Coalition for Asthma-Free Homes gathered on the steps of New York City Hall to encourage lawmakers to pass the Asthma-Free Homes Act (Intro 385B). 

TAKE ACTION: Airline Bill Includes Protections for People With Food Allergies

The Airline Passenger’s Bill of Rights was introduced to the U.S. Senate on June 26, 2017, and includes protections for airline passengers with disabilities (such as asthma or food allergies). For the first time, airlines could be held accountable for not accommodating disabilities. If this bill passes, it could make flying safer for those with food allergies. Use our helpful Action Alert tool to send a message to your senators asking them to pass the Airline Passenger’s Bill of Rights.

Become an AAFA Advocate
AAFA’s Action Alerts notify advocates about pending federal or state asthma and allergy legislation. When you sign up as an AAFA advocate, you will receive email alerts on national or state issues. With your help, we can make a difference in the lives of people affected by asthma and allergies.
 

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