At a time when both asthma rates and healthcare costs are increasing, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been forced to reduce the number of states receiving funding through the National Asthma Control Program because of budget cuts. The elimination of state asthma programs will put Americans with asthma at risk. We need your help in asking your representatives in Washington to support an increase in funding for CDC’s National Asthma Control Program.
Please ask your Senators and Representative to support funding for the CDC’s National Asthma Control Program.
More than 25 million people—including more than 7 million children are living with asthma. And more than half of everyone with asthma—13 million people—had an asthma attack in 2011, many of which could have been prevented.
Prevention is the core of the CDC’s National Asthma Control Program. By funding state and local initiatives, the program teaches people with asthma and their families how to manage their disease; it helps local officials understand where people with asthma live so they can address their needs; it enables schools to know how to help kids with asthma; and it works to put common sense policies in place like anti-idling measures so school buses don’t idle outside schools—which can trigger asthma attacks in kids.
That’s why it is so important that Congress increase funding for the CDC’s National Asthma Control Program. Currently CDC is planning to cut as many as 16 state programs. But by increasing funding for the program, many state programs can be saved.
Since 1999, when Congress created this program, asthma mortality rates have decreased more than 35 percent, even as asthma prevalence has increased by more than 15 percent.
We can’t afford to reduce the number of states participating in this crucial program.
Please take a moment now to ask your Members of Congress to increase funding for the National Asthma Control Program.
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Dear [Decision Maker],
I am writing to ask you to fight to increase the funding for the National Asthma Control Program at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to $28 million for Fiscal Year 2015. At a time when asthma rates and healthcare costs are increasing, because of budget cutbacks, the CDC is cutting the number of states it funds by as many as 16 states. This will have a devastating effect on the work being done in those states that will lose funding for their state asthma program, which in turn funds both community-based and school-based asthma programs. By increasing the funding for this important program, many state programs can be saved and will be able to continue their important work to help people manage their asthma, saving money, and more importantly, saving lives. Asthma remains a significant public health problem in the United States and one that cannot be ignored. It is estimated that more than 25 million Americans currently have asthma, including 7 million children. Asthma is the third leading cause of hospitalization among children under the age of 15 and is a leading cause of school absences from chronic disease, accounting for over 10.5 million lost school days in 2008. Asthma claims the lives of nine people per day. Since it was created in 1999, the National Asthma Control Program has worked to coordinate the public health response to asthma control, making great strides in working through the states to collect data and ensuring patients understand how to manage their disease so they have fewer asthma attacks. Since 1999, deaths and hospitalizations due to asthma have decreased even though the number of Americans diagnosed with asthma has risen. While the economy is still in recovery, the National Asthma Control Program is not only vital for the health of the millions of Americans living with asthma, but fiscally responsible. The National Asthma Control Program saves $3 in healthcare costs and lost productivity for every $1 spent. By dramatically reducing the number of states receiving funding for the National Asthma Control Program, states could see increased hospitalizations due to asthma, more school days missed, and additional costs from uncontrolled asthma to an already overburdened Medicaid system. Please help the millions of Americans living with asthma by supporting an increase in funding for the CDC's National Asthma Control Program to $28 million for Fiscal Year 2015. I am asking for your help today. Thank you.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]
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