Legislators from across the country have been receiving calls of support to save the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Asthma Control Program, which is in threat of losing its recommended funding of $25.3 million and its distinction as a stand-alone program.
Since its inception, NACP has worked hard to create an integrated and coordinated public health response to asthma control. President Obama’s budget proposes to merge the program with the Healthy Home programs, and instead of funding asthma grants to 34 states, D.C. and Puerto Rico, the CDC would only be able to fund 15 states.
Asthma is an acute respiratory disease affecting 25 million Americans. According to the Lung Association’s State of the Air 2011 report, 65,373 adults and 16,597 children suffer from asthma in West Virginia. It is a major factor in school absenteeism. Any attempt to eliminate the NACP would significantly set back 13 years of progress made in managing the disease. Lives will be lost and more healthcare dollars will be spent on treating asthma.
The proposed cut to NACP would do more harm than good. Let’s stand up. Tell your legislator to save the NACP. Asthmatic lives depend on it. For more information, visit www.lung.org.
President and CEO
American Lung Association of the Mid-Atlantic