Mission Moment July – 2017
(July 18, 2017)
Lung Association volunteer and lung cancer
survivor Lysa speaks out to protect healthcare.
Fight for Healthcare Continues: If the Senate passes the latest version of its healthcare bill, 32 millions of Americans would lose their health coverage. We can't let this happen and must keep the pressure on Senators to reject this bill. You can help! We are asking everyone to sign this petition to urge their Senators to vote "no" on this harmful bill. Please share the petition link in your social network and use #ProtectPatientsNow when you spread the word. With your help, we can protect healthcare for the millions with lung disease who depend on it.
House Poised to Vote on "Smoggy Skies Act" (H.R. 806): We expect the House of Representatives to vote on the Smoggy Skies Act (H.R. 806), during the week of July 18. This bill would delay ozone protections and permanently weaken the Clean Air Act. The American Lung Association sent a letter from health and medical organizations opposing the Smoggy Skies Act to House members and shared our ozone poll from earlier this year, which found that by a 2-to-1 margin, Americans support the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) more protective limits on smog.
Standing Up for Methane Standards: On July 10, Lung Association staff testified at a public hearing at the EPA to oppose delaying standards that would limit methane and other air pollutants. EPA has proposed a two-year delay of its current requirements for new and expanded oil and gas facilities to limit emissions of methane and other harmful air pollutants, including some carcinogens. EPA now is taking public comment on the proposed delay. The Lung Association opposes the delay and joined with representatives from other health and medical organizations to share the health impacts this delay particularly on the most vulnerable.
Healthy Air Partners Deliver Climate and Health Declaration to EPA Administrator: On June 19, the Lung Association joined 17 other national health and medical organizations to release an updated Declaration on Climate Change and Health, which highlights the health impacts of climate change and calls for bold action. That same day, CEOs and senior leaders of 13 national health and medical organizations, led by Lung Association National President and CEO Harold Wimmer, delivered the Declaration in person to Administrator Pruitt during a meeting at EPA Headquarters. The group talked with the administrator about the importance of EPA implementing and enforcing the Clean Air Act and the urgent need to reduce pollution that drives climate change. We also expressed our disappointment with EPA's recent decision to delay implementation of the more protective 2015 ozone standards. Check out the photo of the group here.
Legal Action Against EPA on the Ozone Standard Delay: On July 12, the American Lung Association, the American Thoracic Society, the American Public Health Association and others took legal action to stop the EPA's unnecessary delay in the implementation of the lifesaving 2015 ozone national air quality standard. The Lung Association and other organizations asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to throw out or block the delay by EPA. Here is the American Lung Association's press statement announcing this legal action.
Partnering with Nurses on Climate Change: Lung Association staff presented a plenary session on federal climate and clean air policy at the Association of Nurses for a Health Environment (ANHE) annual conference on June 13th in Washington, D.C. The conference was themed "Climate Change, Health, & Nursing: A Call to Action," and featured speakers including former EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. Nearly 100 nurses from 12 different associations attended the training.
LUNG FORCE-Funded Researcher Connects Sugar and Lung Cancer: The American Lung Association's LUNG FORCE initiative has made a commitment to double our lung cancer research funding. One of the researchers that we have recently supported, Jung-whan Kim, PhD of the University of Texas at Dallas, published results from his study, "The distinct metabolic phenotype of lung squamous cell carcinoma defines selective vulnerability to glycolytic inhibition" in the online journal, Nature Communications. Dr. Kim found that sugar serves as an energy supply in squamous cell carcinoma, a type of lung cancer almost always caused by smoking that accounts for 25 to 30 percent of all lung cancers. Currently, the available targeted therapies for squamous cell carcinomas are not effective. Dr. Kim's finding may help lead to new targeted therapies that may prove more effective for squamous cell lung cancer.
LUNG FORCE Hero: Rachel M. used to describe herself a mother, wife, military service member and career woman. Since April of this year, she has added something new – lung cancer patient with adenocarcinoma. Now she's partnering with LUNG FORCE to raise awareness, find a cure and bring about change.
2017 Volunteer and Staff Awards: The work of the American Lung Association would not be possible without a dedicated corps of volunteers and staff. In June, we recognized excellence among our volunteers and staff at a ceremony in Chicago, where we also presented, in conjunction with C. Everett Koop Foundation, the C. Everett Koop Unsung Heroes Award to an advocate for tobacco control who has made significant, but frequently unrecognized contributions to reduce the burden of tobacco use.
Back to School with Asthma: It may still be summer, but the start of the school year is just around the corner. Returning to school for a child with asthma can be challenging and stressful. The Lung Association is here to help. We have scores of tools and information for students, parents, including our Back-to-School Checklist to make sure you and your child are ready for a safe and healthy school year.
Improving Coverage for Asthma Care: The Lung Association's Asthma Care Coverage Project takes a comprehensive approach to track state Medicaid coverage and barriers to access in seven different areas of guidelines-based asthma care treatments and services. This year marks the first time that coverage and barrier information for all 50 states, District of Columbia and Puerto Rico is easily available. This project represents a unique opportunity to educate patients, providers and decision makers about the importance of coverage and access to asthma guidelines-based care in Medicaid to help improve asthma health outcomes for children and adults. Learn more.
EACH BREATH BLOG
Did you know that COPD is the third leading cause of death in the United States? The American Lung Association is a founding partner of the newly created COPD National Action Plan. Our EACH Breath Blog has details. While you're there, read our latest entry, "Support from Day One: Preparing for Lung Cancer Treatment," which helps guide patients and caregivers through treatment options following a lung cancer diagnosis.
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