Advocacy

AAFA's Positions and Statements on Public Policies

AAFA develops policy statements, comments, and letters of support regarding public policies that affect those with asthma and allergies. AAFA and other health-focused groups write these. We want our positions and statements to teach community and government leaders about related issues. We also support or oppose policies that affect those living with asthma and allergies.

Read our latest statements, comments, and letters of support:

School Asthma Policies  Download PDF – February 1, 2016
We sent a letter to the Congressional Allergy and Asthma Caucus expressing concern about recent asthma emergencies in Texas schools.

Allergen Immunotherapy  Download PDF – January 29, 2016
We submitted comments regarding proposed regulations that could threaten the availability of immunotherapy treatments (allergy shots) in the United States.

Amtrak Pet Policy  Download PDF – January 29, 2016
AAFA sent a letter to Amtrak leadership expressing concern about a pilot program that would allow pets to travel on trains.

Food Labeling Modernization Act  Download PDF – January 27, 2016
AAFA sent a letter to the sponsors of the Food Labeling Modernization Act of 2015 to thank them for introducing the legislation.

FDA Allergenic Products Advisory Committee  Download PDF – January 21, 2016 AAFA CEO Cary Sennett represented allergy patients’ perspective in testimony before the FDA’s Allergenic Products Advisory Committee.

Smoke-free Housing  Download PDF – January 19, 2016
AAFA submitted comments to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in support of HUD’s proposed ban on smoking in public housing units.

Every Student Succeeds Act  Download PDF – January 21, 2016
As part of the Working to Improve Student Health (WISH) coalition, AAFA signed a letter in support of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

Nucala™ (Mepolizumab)  Download PDF – January 12, 2016
We submitted comments to the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER) regarding Nucala (Mepolizumab) treatment for asthma.

Protection of Research Participants  Download PDF – January 6, 2016
AAFA sent comments to the Department of Health and Human Services about how to update and improve protections for patients participating in clinical research.

Health Homes Program  Download PDF – December 21, 2015
We signed a letter in support of including asthma as one of the chronic conditions addressed by California’s Department of Health Care Services’ Health Homes Program.

Assistant Secretary for Health at HHS  Download PDF – November 24, 2015
AAFA and other organizations signed a letter in support of Dr. Karen DeSalvo’s nomination for Assistant Secretary for Health at the Department of Health and Human Services.

FDA Patient Engagement Advisory Committee  Download PDF – November 20, 2015
AAFA submitted comments to the FDA expressing disappointment that the FDA was not planning to include a greater number of patient representatives on the Patient Engagement Advisory Committee.

EPA Carbon Limit Protection (Senate) Download PDF – November 16, 2015
EPA Carbon Limit Protections (House of Representatives)  Download PDF – November 16, 2015
AAFA joined other health organizations in signing a letter to the Senate and the House of Representatives opposing two Congressional Review Acts (CRA) that would block the EPA’s Clean Power Plan and carbon limits for new power plants.

CDC Funding  Download PDF – November 16, 2015
AAFA signed a letter to Congress to support strong funding for the CDC in any Fiscal Year 2016 spending legislation.

AHRQ Funding (Senate)  Download PDF – October 22, 2015
AHRQ Funding (House of Representatives)  Download PDF – October 22, 2015
AAFA signed a letter to Congress to support funding for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

Medication Therapy Management (MTM)  Download PDF – October 16, 2015
AAFA signed a letter to Senators Isakson and Warner, co-chairs of the Senate Finance Committee Chronic Care Working Group, to support the Medication Therapy Management Empowerment Act of 2015 in their legislative efforts.

National Asthma Control Program Download PDF – September 11, 2015
AAFA and other organizations supported funding for the CDC’s National Asthma Control Program in Fiscal Year 2016.

Institute of Medicine Food Allergy Study Download PDF – August 30-September 1, 2015
AAFA commented to the Institute of Medicine regarding the study Food Allergies: Global Burden, Causes, Treatment, Prevention, and Public Policy.

Ozone Pollution Limit Download PDF – August 11, 2015
We signed a letter to President Obama to show support of better ozone limits in the air.

The Elementary and Secondary Education Act Download PDF – August 7, 2015
We signed a letter to Congress to support an asthma management provision in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).

Medication Therapy Management Download PDF – August 6, 2015
We signed a letter asking the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to allow more at-risk elderly patients to participate in the Medicare Part D Medication Therapy Management (MTM) program.

Clean Air Protections Download PDF – August 4, 2015
We joined other health and medical groups to stand against a bill that would affect how clean the air is. This includes the Clean Air Act and the Clean Power Plan.

The Clean Power Plan Download PDF – August 3, 2015
We praised the President’s message of the EPA’s Clean Power Plan Final Rule.

A Declaration on Climate Change and Health Download PDF – June 23, 2015
We joined other groups to restate the public health community’s promise to look at climate change as a health issue.

Secondary Preventive Services Download PDF – June 19, 2015
We signed a letter of support to the Treasury Secretary Jack Lew about secondary preventive services. These keep a disease or illness from getting worse. They also help those with asthma manage it and prevent related problems.

Electronic Health Records Download PDF – June 15, 2015
We sent comments to the CMS about possible changes to the Electronic Health Record Incentive Program.

Improving Care for Medicare-Aged Population Download PDF – June 14, 2015
We sent comments to the Senate Chronic Care Working Group. We offered options for better care for Medicare patients.

Part D Beneficiary Appeals Fairness Act Download PDF – June 1, 2015
AAFA signed a letter in support of the Part D Beneficiary Appeals Fairness Act. This enables seniors to appeal if their medication is put on a Medicare Part D Specialty Tier.

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Strategic Vision Download PDF – May 15, 2015
We sent comments to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) about research for the next 10 years.

The Family Asthma Act of 2015 Download PDF  – May 15, 2015
We support the Family Asthma Act of 2015. This act would make asthma research and public education better in the United States.

The School Asthma Management Plans Act Download PDF  – May 15, 2015
We support the School Asthma Management Plans Act. This would allow schools to improve how they manage asthma care.

NIH Innovation Fund Download PDF – May 13, 2015
AAFA signed a letter to support funds for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) included in the 21st Century Cures Act draft bill.

The Climate Change Health Promotion and Protection Act Download PDF – April 13, 2015
We signed a letter to Representative Lois Capps. We thanked her for bringing back the Climate Change Health Promotion and Protection Act. This act would help address the threat of climate change on health.

Ratepayer Protection Act Download PDF – April 13, 2015
AAFA and other health groups signed a letter against to the Ratepayer Protection Act. This act would delay and block critical clean air protections.

Children’s Health Programs Funding Download PDF – March 26, 2015
We signed a letter to support more money for federal programs that help schools reduce indoor air pollution. This would occur through the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA)’s office of Children’s Health Protection and the Office of Radiation and Indoor Air.

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Funding Download PDF – March 20, 2015
We signed a letter against ending the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) in the House Labor HHS Subcommittee’s 2016 spending bill.

Ozone Standards Download PDF – March 17, 2015
AAFA and other health groups sent comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on the proposed National Ambient Air Quality Standards. This would limit the amount of harmful ozone in the air.

Dormant Therapies and 21st Century Cures Download PDF – March 17, 2015
AAFA and other health groups signed a letter that the Dormant Therapies Act be included in the 21st Century Cures Act draft bill. This would help develop new cures for diseases. It would improve the quality of life for Americans with chronic diseases.

National Asthma Control Program – March 11, 2015
AAFA and other asthma organizations signed a letter to support more money for the National Asthma Control Program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).