Help Us Save the National Asthma Control Program

National Asthma Control Program

Remember to use the #asthma hashtag when tweeting your support.

Join the American Lung Association and the Asthma and Allergy Foundation in helping to save the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Asthma Control Program. Please call all three of your elected officials in Washington – your two Senators and one Representative – and urge them to fight to save the CDC’s National Asthma Control Program.

Call 202_-225-3121 for the Capitol Switchboard or look up your Members and their phone numbers here.

Talking Points to Use During Your Calls

(Please mention the bolded language specifically in your calls)

  • May I please speak with the person who handles health issues?
    [You will likely be transferred to voicemail. Please use the talking points to leave a detailed message.]

  • My name is [xxx] and I’m from [CITY]. [IF VOICEMAIL: My phone number is XXX-XXX-XXXX.] I’m a [explain your involvement – do you have asthma/does your family member/are you an asthma educator/advocate/etc].

  • I’m calling today to urge [SENATOR/REPRESENTATIVE NAME] to include in [HIS/HER] appropriations request for Fiscal Year 2013 that funding for CDC’s National Asthma Control Program be maintained at a funding level of at least $25.3 million and that the National Asthma Control Program remain as a distinct, stand-alone program.

  • The President’s budget proposes to merge the National Asthma Control Program at CDC with the Healthy Home programs – which would significantly cut the Asthma Program’s budget. It would also mean that instead of funding asthma grants to 34 states, DC and Puerto Rico, CDC would only be able to fund 15 states.

  • Asthma affects 7 million kids in the U.S. – including here in [STATE]. Asthma is a major factor in school absenteeism. While we recognize that these are difficult financial times, this proposed cut would do much more harm than good – especially to our state’s children.

  • Again, I request that [SENATOR/REPRESENTATIVE NAME] include in [HIS/HER] appropriations request for Fiscal Year 2013 that funding for CDC’s National Asthma Control Program be maintained at a funding level of at least $25.3 million and that the National Asthma Control Program remain as a distinct, stand-alone program.

  • Thank you.

We hope you will join in so that we can speak with one voice about the importance of this program to the more than 25 million Americans who have asthma.

Please also consider tweeting @ your members of Congress and encouraging your friends and followers on Twitter and Facebook to help. Use the #asthma hashtag on Twitter.