The College is calling on you to join with us and other medical specialties to encourage members of the Senate Labor HHS Appropriations Subcommittee to support increased funding of the National Asthma Control Program (NACP). The Subcommittee will soon be marking-up its Bill – H.R. 2740, which includes a recommendation to increase funding for the NACP from $29 to $34 million for fiscal year 2020. The House of Representatives has already approved the bill.
NACP currently supports 24 states and Puerto Rico to reduce the burden of asthma. Increasing funds to the program would enable a larger number of states to combat the human and economic burden caused by asthma.
Since its inception in 1999, NACP has been credited with improving asthma outcomes, including lowering asthma-related death rates by 41 percent. Between 2001 and 2016, asthma attacks had decreased by five percent; from 2003 to 2010 there were 24 percent fewer hospitalizations due to asthma.
The College is asking you to contact members of the Senate Labor HHS Appropriations Subcommittee, and encourage them to support 2020 funding of the NACP of at least $34 million.