Federal Funding for Asthma

The American Lung Association has long advocated for increased funding for the three aspects of the federal government’s response to asthma: research, programs, and planning.

The Lung Association has consistently advocated for increased funding for the National Institutes of Health so that more research and clinical trials can be done. The National Institutes of Health is the primary federal agency that conducts and funds medical research. One division is the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. Research conducted there has made important discoveries that have improved the treatment of asthma and the lives of people with asthma.

The Lung Association has urged Congress to provide funding to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to expand its asthma programs. The CDC has variety of programs targeting asthma. One such program funds state asthma planning so states can better respond to improve the health and the lives of people with asthma.