Statement of Harold P. Wimmer, National President and CEO of the American Lung Association, regarding the impact of a federal shutdown on the nation's health:
"In the midst of a national flu epidemic, the President and Congress are hurtling toward a federal shutdown at midnight on Friday. Such a shutdown could harm the urgent response needed from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other public health agencies to this epidemic, which, according to the CDC, has already taken the lives of 20 infants and more than 50,000 Americans this season.
"The American Lung Association urges the Congress to quickly reach a bipartisan agreement that includes a long-term extension of the Children’s Health Insurance Program, reauthorizes essential public health programs including funding for federally qualified health centers and ensures that the federal government can continue to effectively protect the health of all Americans."
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 education, advocacy and research. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to champion clean air for all; to improve the quality of life for those with lung disease and their families; and to create a tobacco-free future. For more information about the American Lung Association, which has a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and is a Platinum-Level GuideStar Member, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: Lung.org.