American Lung Association Commemorates Two Years of Achievements from the Affordable Care Act

Washington, D.C. (March 22, 2012)

The American Lung Association is celebrating the second anniversary of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act on March 23. The nation’s oldest voluntary health organization joins the American public in strong support of preserving this law. In addition to ensuring that young adults with asthma may remain on their parents’ insurance, the law ensures that seniors save millions of dollars on their prescription drugs, and many more smokers have access to treatments that can help them quit.

The anniversary of this law is an important milestone as it marks 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, many of which are preventable or manageable. The Prevention and Public Health Fund, which was created as part of the Affordable Care Act, is the cornerstone of prevention, and funding is already at work in communities to reduce the number of smokers in the U.S.

One of the most recent and highly visible accomplishments of the Prevention Fund is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s national media campaign, “Tips from Former Smokers,” that profiles real people who are living with smoking-related diseases. The campaign is aimed at encouraging current smokers to quit and preventing youth from starting.

Despite this major accomplishment, before the Affordable Care Act’s second birthday, Congress already raided funding from its Prevention and Public Health Fund, and the President proposed to take some of it as part of his budget released in February.

The American Lung Association is committed to defending this landmark law. The organization urges President Obama and members of Congress to stand firm on its implementation and commitment to the Prevention and Public Health Fund. The Lung Association will continue to work to defend the Prevention and Public Health Fund, and ensure the law is enacted effectively to improve public health. The Lung Association and its health partners recently filed an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court emphasizing the importance of public health prevention and the federal government’s responsibility to uphold the public health provisions contained in the Affordable Care Act.

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

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About the American Lung Association
The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease, through research, education and advocacy. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to improve the air we breathe; to reduce the burden of lung disease on individuals and their families; and to eliminate tobacco use and tobacco-related diseases.  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-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: www.Lung.org.