Allergy leaders storm the hill

The College's Strike Force – President Todd Mahr, MD, President-elect Allen Meadows, MD, and Drs. Michael Blaiss, Stephen Imbeau, Purvi Parikh, James Sublett and James Tracy – was on Capitol Hill on May 7, 2019. AAAAI President David Lang, MD and Executive Vice President Thomas Fleisher, MD joined the Strike Force, along with the College's Governmental Affairs Advisor, Bill Finerfrock.

The Strike Force met with a number of key federal legislators and legislative staff including:

  • Representative Ro Khanna (D-CA) to thank him for his efforts to increase food allergy research funding.
  • The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions' Majority staff and the House Energy and Commerce Committee Majority and Minority staff to discuss network adequacy and its impact on surprise billing.
  • The Senate Finance Committee Majority and Minority staff and the House Ways and Means Committee Majority and Minority staff to voice concerns about CMS' failure to approve any Physician Focused Payment models.
  • Nick Uehlecke, a chief health policy advisor to HHS Secretary Alex Azar, regarding the College's Asthma Alternative Payment Model.

On May 8, many of these same leaders along with Drs. Warner Carr, Erika Gonzalez-Reyes, Dane McBride and Gary Stevens will participate in the Allergy and Asthma Network's Allergy & Asthma Day on Capitol Hill, which is supported by the College.

Allergists are paired with patients to visit their home district legislators. Patients provide testimonials on how important their allergy care has been to improving the quality of their lives. Topics to be addressed include:

  • Access to allergy/asthma care. 
  • Step therapy reform.
  • Research funding.
  • Food package labeling.