Lung Health Policy Statement

Policy Principle on Lung Health

The American Lung Association strongly supports measures to prevent lung disease, reduce the incidence and exacerbation of lung disease, improve the diagnosis and treatment of lung disease patients and increase their access to appropriate health care. Such measures should eliminate the disparity in lung disease morbidity and mortality prevalence for low socioeconomic and minority populations. In addition, the American Lung Association supports developing and implementing a strong, comprehensive public health response to lung disease including public education and outreach, research, legislation, regulation and litigation.

Health Care Reform and Patient Rights
The American Lung Association supports reforms to health insurance programs that ensure universal access to quality health care services and appropriate specialty care for all Americans, including enactment of a meaningful Patients’ Bill of Rights. The American Lung Association supports the ability of patients to sue health insurers when care is wrongfully denied.

Prescription Drug Benefit
The American Lung Association supports a fair, affordable Medicare prescription drug benefit for all Medicare beneficiaries.

Immunization and Preventive Care
The American Lung Association supports Medicare and/or Medicaid reimbursement of preventive care services, including immunizations against influenza, pneumococcal disease, H. influenza and adding reimbursement for immunizations for other preventable diseases.

Chronically Ill and Home Health Care
The American Lung Association supports programs that provide care to chronically ill and home- based lung disease patients, and reimbursement for pulmonary rehabilitation.

Oxygen for Airline Passengers
The American Lung Association supports the reform of airline regulations to ensure appropriate and affordable access to oxygen for passengers with lung disease.

Eliminate Tuberculosis
The American Lung Association supports measures to achieve the goal of eliminating TB in the United States as defined by the Institute of Medicine: an incidence rate of less than one TB case per million persons each year. The American Lung Association also supports the Healthy People 2010 goal of a TB case rate of less than 1.0 new case per 100,000 population by 2010. Recognizing that the TB problem in the United States in inextricably linked to the worldwide TB problem, the American Lung Association supports the development of the Global Plan to Eliminate TB and funding for international TB control efforts at CDC, NIH’s Fogarty International Center and U.S. Agency for International Development.