American Lung Association Celebrates First Anniversary of the Affordable Care Act

Washington, D.C. (March 23, 2011)

Today, the American Lung Association celebrates the first anniversary of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The anniversary of this law is an important milestone as it marks the time when our nation began to focus on preventing and managing diseases rather than just treating them. This focus is particularly important for lung diseases including asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), lung cancer and influenza.

A noteworthy result of the Affordable Care Act is the creation of the Prevention and Public Health Fund, which will provide millions of dollars to critical public health initiatives, like community programs that help people quit smoking, support groups for lung cancer patients, and classes that teach people how to avoid asthma attacks. The Affordable Care Act also took several steps forward in helping smokers quit across the country. It is critical that all smokers who want to quit have access to treatments that will help them quit, like medications and counseling. The Affordable Care Act ensures that these life-saving and cost-saving treatments are available to pregnant women on Medicaid, as well as many people with private insurance.

The American Lung Association continues to strongly support this landmark law and urges President Obama and members of Congress to stand firm in its implementation and funding of the Prevention and Public Health Fund. The Lung Association remains committed to working to ensure that the law is enacted effectively to improve health.

For more information about how the Affordable Care Act helps people with lung disease, please visit http://www.lung.org/your-lungs/affordable-care-act/.

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About the American Lung Association
Now in its second century, the American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease. With your generous support, the American Lung Association is “Fighting for Air” through research, education and advocacy. For more information about the American Lung Association, a holder of the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Guide Seal, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNG-USA (1-800-586-4872) or visit www.lung.org.