American Lung Association® Public Policy Agenda: 114th Congress (2015-2016)

The American Lung Association recognizes that public policy change—legislation and regulation—at all levels of government is key to achieving its mission: To save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease.

The American Lung Association policy and advocacy program supports government, corporate and community policies to translate that mission into reality. The Public Policy Agenda for the 114th Congress identifies major legislative and regulatory issues where the American Lung Association has demonstrated leadership or can show leadership in the future. These issues are identified because there should be opportunities for the American Lung Association to move the issue forward over the next two calendar years or the importance of the issue to the mission of the American Lung Association compels us to begin the work to build to the point where we can see results.

Based on the American Lung Association Public Policy Positions, the Public Policy Agenda is designed to highlight the top priorities for the American Lung Association's federal advocacy. State and local advocacy efforts will continue with full support from the National Office.

2015-2016 Public Policy Priorities

The public policy priorities for the 114th Congress are:

  • Support coverage for and access to guidelines-based lung cancer screening;
  • Increase funding for research, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cures for all lung diseases including asthma, COPD, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, influenza, lung cancer and tuberculosis;
  • Increase funding for lung-related behavioral and environmental research and research training;
  • Support universal access to quality healthcare services, to give priority to preventive care, appropriate specialty care, patient education and chronic disease management; coverage must be consistent with evidence-based guidelines;
  • Increase funding for lung disease surveillance, prevention and wellness, public health infrastructure and health programs related to the lung;
  • Secure full funding and aggressive implementation of the Clean Air Act and its health-based National Ambient Air Quality Standards to protect the health of all including populations most at risk;
  • Increase air monitoring and reduce air pollution from mobile, stationary and area sources, including: cars, trucks and diesel engines, oil and gas extraction and refining, power plants and industry;
  • Support and defend federal policies that protect lung health from the impacts of a changing climate;
  • Support initiatives to reduce and eliminate radon exposure;
  • Secure full funding and aggressive implementation of U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulatory authority over the manufacture, sale, distribution, labeling, marketing and promotion of all tobacco products including e-cigarettes and cigars;
  • Increase funding for tobacco control programs, including prevention, education and cessation; and
  • Support comprehensive coverage for cessation services under Medicaid, Medicare and both public and private insurance.