Family Asthma Act

The Family Asthma Act takes the first steps towards reducing the burden caused by asthma by increasing surveillance of the disease and funding programs that will prevent and reduce asthma symptoms and attacks. Accomplishing both goals will lead to better asthma management and better health for patients. Click here to get a copy of the Act.

The legislation directs the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to expand asthma tracking, also called surveillance. Public health surveillance collects information on how many people have asthma and how severe their asthma is, as well as other information. The additional information will help researchers study how well we are treating and managing asthma. With more information, the CDC can work with state and local health departments to develop better programs and plans to help asthma patients.

In addition, the legislation authorizes the National Institutes of Health to award grants for asthma pilot projects. The projects aim to increase the knowledge of factors that worsen asthma and ways to prevent and control asthma symptoms. Research like this helps asthma patients and their families better manage their disease.

The Family Asthma Act was originally introduced by then-Sen. Hillary Clinton and Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (NY-4th District) during the 110th Congress. In the 111th Congress, Rep. McCarthy and Senator Frank Lautenberg (NJ) are the lead sponsors.

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