Asthma Capitals: Poverty

In  AAFA's Asthma Capitals ReportDownload PDF, we looked at eight risk factors that can affect asthma rates: poverty, lack of health insurance, poor air quality, pollen counts, long-term control medicine use, quick-relief medicine use, smoking laws and access to specialists.

Asthma can be very hard on families living in poverty. Poverty can play a major role in developing asthma and the ability to manage it. This can be because of poor rental housing, location near highways, not being able to pay for treatment and more. Many cities on our report have poverty as a top risk factor.

Proper asthma management may be hard when you are worried about paying for basic needs like housing, clothing and food. The cost of care may impact going to the doctor and buying medicines. A lack of transportation may affect attending regular health care appointments.

If your finances are affecting asthma management, look for local resources that may help. There may be free clinics that will treat anyone regardless of insurance status or ability to pay.

There are also programs that can help cover the costs of some medicines, such as: