Tell Your Senator: Save the National Asthma Control Program

At a time when asthma rates and health care costs are increasing, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s National Asthma Control Program may be eliminated – putting Americans with asthma at risk. Now the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations will soon vote on a funding bill for CDC.

Your Senator is a member of the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee that will decide whether the National Asthma Control Program is eliminated.

More than 25 million people—including more than 7 million children—are living with asthma. And close to half of everyone with asthma – 11 million people – had an asthma attack in 2010, many of which could have  been prevented.

Prevention is what the CDC’s National Asthma Control Program is all about. It teaches people with asthma and their families to manage their disease to prevent asthma attacks; it helps local officials understand where people with asthma live so they can better help them; it helps schools make sure they 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 even more attacks in kids.

That’s why it’s so important to save the National Asthma Control Program at the CDC. If Congress doesn't fund the National Asthma Control Program at CDC, asthma programs across the country and in our schools could end. Your Senator is a member of the Appropriations Committee, which will soon vote on a funding bill that may eliminate this important public health program.

Since 1999, when Congress created the program, deaths and hospitalizations due to asthma have decreased even though the number of Americans diagnosed with asthma has risen. We can’t afford to have this vital program eliminated.

Because your Senator could be the one to cast the deciding vote, please speak up today that we must stand up for public health and save the National Asthma Control Program. Please send a letter today!

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