In Congress, the American Lung Association is a leading advocate for COPD patients. Greater knowledge is needed about COPD, and the Lung Association advocates for increased research funding for COPD and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Department of Veteran's Affairs, and other federal programs. We also support increasing coverage and access to pulmonary rehabilitation services for COPD patients.

As a member of the U.S. COPD Coalition's policy workgroup, we join others to work with members of Congress in the Congressional COPD Caucus to promote public awareness, prevention and early detection of COPD. By advocating for a higher federal cigarette tax and strong, effective regulation of tobacco products by the Food and Drug Administration, tobacco use rates in America will decline and help decrease the number of Americans diagnosed with COPD.