House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD-05) today thanked the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology and other organizations for their strong support and steadfast backing of H.R. 2468, the School-Based Allergies and Asthma Management Program Act.
“I join in thanking ACAAI for their steadfast support of H.R. 2468, the School-Based Allergies and Asthma Management Program Act. I’m pleased that the Senate passed my bipartisan bill to ensure schools have adequate plans in place to help students control their asthma and allergies and provide peace of mind to students and parents that their school is equipped to help in an emergency. H.R. 2468 will help ensure students can focus on learning and reduce absenteeism, and I thank ACAAI for their years of advocacy and support of this important legislation,” said Leader Hoyer, who sponsored the bill in the House of Representatives.
In a press release following Senate passage of the bill, Leader Hoyer acknowledged and thanked ACAAI, AAN, AAFA, as well as AAAAI for their help in not only crafting the legislation, but also generating broad support in Congress for this important legislation.
“ACAAI thanks Majority Leader Hoyer and Congressman Roe for their leadership on this important legislation and for recognizing the important role allergists play in student allergy and asthma care,” said ACAAI President Dr. Luz Fonacier.
“This legislation will help the six million students who suffer from asthma by incentivizing schools to create asthma and allergy management plans in consultation with the student’s primary allergy and asthma care provider. Having an effective allergy and asthma management plan in place for students will prevent unnecessary emergency department visits and lost classroom time,” said Dr. James Tracy, Chair of ACAAI’s Advocacy Council.
Early in the process of developing the legislation, College leaders were asked by Leader Hoyer to review the proposal he was developing and offer comments and recommendations. Based on that review, Leader Hoyer made several important changes to the legislation, recognizing and strengthening the role of allergists in the care management of our school-aged allergy and asthma patients.
ACAAI worked closely with the bill’s sponsors, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) and Rep. Phil Roe (R-TN) to support the bill’s passage. This partnership helped ACAAI secure important improvements to the bill to clarify that schools can collaborate with a student’s allergist to create the management plans. The original version of the bill limited schools to working with the student’s primary care provider. However, an allergist is often the provider who manages a student’s allergy and asthma care.
Having already been passed by the House of Representatives, the bill now goes to President Trump, who is expected to sign the bill into law.