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Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America Breath eNewsletter

There’s a lot of action going on as AAFA advocates for climate action; 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. Together, we can help influence policies to improve quality of life for people with asthma and allergies.
Action for Policies on Animals on Planes

TAKE ACTION: Share Your Story About Animals on Planes With the Department of Transportation

Has the increase in animals 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 animals on planes through July 9, 2018. See our blog post on how you can send in your comments.

Action on Climate Change

TAKE ACTION: Kids and Parents Gather to Bring Attention to the Need for Climate Action

On July 11, 2018, we will join Moms Clean Air Force on the U.S. Capitol Grounds in Washington, D.C., 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 attend in person, join the Thunderclap to show your support online.

Action for Safe School Environments

TAKE ACTION: Tell Your Legislators to Protect Students With Asthma

The U.S. House of Representatives is considering a bill that would encourage schools to train staff, have asthma management plans for every student with asthma and allow stock quick-relief asthma medicines, like albuterol. Under this bill, states that have laws requiring albuterol stocking and asthma management plans would have a better chance to receive certain grants. 

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

Action for Better Food Labeling

TAKE ACTION: Have You Found Examples of Hidden Sesame?

If you are managing a sesame allergy and have a story about hidden or undeclared sesame in foods, we want to know! We want to advocate to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on your behalf about the need for sesame allergen labeling. Read our blog post to learn more.

TAKE ACTION: Have You Had a Reaction to a Hidden Top 8 Allergen in Meat Products?

Have you had trouble reading USDA food labels for top 8 allergens (milk, egg, peanut, tree nut, wheat, soy, fish and shellfish)? We need your story about the challenges of reading these labels to submit to the USDA to prove the need for clearer allergen labeling for the top 8 allergens. Find out more.

Action for Better Asthma Care

TAKE ACTION: Have You Taken Oral Corticosteriods for Asthma?

We want to hear from people who have used oral corticosteroids—like prednisone—for asthma. Please take our very quick survey to help us with our advocacy and educational efforts! 

Take Action: Health Care Rule That Could Affect Those With Chronic Conditions Is Finalized

The Trump Administration approved a rule that affects association health plans (AHPs). This was intended to give consumers more options for health care coverage, but it would allow discrimination against people with pre-existing conditions like asthma and allergies. Learn more about what this could mean for some people with pre-existing conditions. 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.

Action for a #HealthierHome
On June 19, 2018, we exhibited at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) health and wellness fair in Washington, D.C., to teach HUD employees more about the asthma & allergy friendly® Certification Program and AAFA. We shared the impact of asthma and allergies and how to make homes healthier using CERTIFIED asthma & allergy friendly® products. Our program independently and scientifically tests products to identify which ones are more suitable for people living with asthma and allergies.
 
Do you have a healthy home? Use our Healthy Homes Assessment to find out what changes you can make in your home to reduce asthma and allergy triggers.

Take the Healthy Home Assessment now.
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.
 

JOIN NOW

Thank you for your continued support.
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