January 8, 2020
House E&C Discusses AAAAI Bill to Support Allergy and Asthma Care in Schools
The House Energy & Commerce Health Subcommittee met on January 8, 2020, to discuss priority legislation, including H.R. 2468, the School-based Allergies and Asthma Management Program Act, which is based on the AAAAI's School-based Asthma Management Program (SAMPRO™). H.R. 2468 was considered with a number of other bills all focused on improving healthcare coverage and outcomes. Subcommittee Chairwoman Eshoo explained the need for the legislation by stating that “Children should be able to go to school feeling secure that their school can handle an asthma attack or an allergic reaction. This is not the case today.” The AAAAI thanks the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America for presenting testimony, and AAAAI submitted written testimony in support of the bill. AAAAI looks forward to working with the committee to advance this important legislation. The next step in the legislative process is for the bill to be marked up by the Health Subcommittee and then the full House Energy & Commerce Committee, which would clear its path for consideration by the full House of Representatives.
May 2, 2019
Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) and Representative Phil Roe, MD (R-TN) have introduced the School-based Allergies and Asthma Management Program Act, HR 2468. Read the related news release here.
Over six million American children have asthma, making asthma a leading causes of school absenteeism. While asthma poses serious health and educational threats, with proper treatment and care, asthma can be controlled and does not have to negatively impact a student’s access to education.
This bill provides a funding mechanism for evidence-based interventions in the School-based Asthma Management Program (SAMPRO™), developed by the AAAAI in collaboration with a broad group of stakeholders. For more information on SAMPRO, click here.
Read the Food Allergy Research/HR 2468/Penicillin Allergy Testing issue brief.