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Asthma and allergies are among the most prevalent and often overlooked diseases. One in five Americans suffer from all types of allergies. Over 24 million Americans report having asthma. Asthma and allergies are leading causes of hospital emergency visits, lost work and school days, and medical expenses. Thousands die each year from asthma.

We can help avoid these tragedies by improving our nation’s focus on improving life without limits for people with asthma, allergies and related conditions. 

Improve Access to Care

We support health care that covers everyone, curbs costs responsibly, abolishes exclusions for pre-existing conditions, eliminates lifetime caps, and ensures long-term and end-of-life care. We strongly urge efforts to cover all uninsured children in the US and address health care disparities. We promote access to safe, effective treatments for asthma and allergies that best meet the patients' interests.

Increase Funding for Federal Research

We support maximizing basic, clinical, preventive and health services research funding. This includes supporting increased research funding for the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Agency for Health Resources and Quality, and other agencies that conduct research relevant to asthma and allergic diseases.

Promote Prevention

We support efforts to prevent asthma and allergies from developing and worsening the health of Americans, including strategies to reduce risks in the home, workplace, school and the environment.

AAFA’s volunteer Board of Directors reviews and approves AAFA’s annual policy targets annually. For more information on AAFA's Advocacy Priorities, contact advocacy@aafa.org.

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