H.R. 2468 the School-Based Allergies and Asthma Management Program Act Becomes Law

New Federal Law Helps Schools Prevent Asthma and Anaphylaxis Emergencies

A new federal law now provides grant preferences to states that take proactive steps in helping the millions of school age children impacted by allergies and asthma. In Spring 2020, the Allergy Advocacy Association lobbied lawmakers to pass the School-Based Allergies and Asthma Management Program Act. This new law may provide an opportunity to expand our educational/training, through our The Epi Near You NY program.

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H.R. 2468 the School-Based Allergies and Asthma Management Program Act Becomes Law

By Patrick Morris
January 12th, 2020

This January the bi-partisan School-Based Allergies and Asthma Management Program Act H.R. 2468 was signed into law. This law will provide assistance to millions of school children dealing with allergies and asthma. It does so by providing preferences for grants, under the children's asthma treatment program, to states that require schools to establish allergy and asthma management programs.

These programs would include individual action plans for students diagnosed with allergies or asthma. The Allergy Advocacy Association actively pushed for this legislation when it met with law makers in Washington this past Spring.

“The School-Based Allergies and Asthma Management Program Act, will help states be rewarded for taking proactive steps in their fight against life threaten allergies”, said Jon Terry, the founder of the Allergy Advocacy Association. “Last March we participated in advocacy events at the US capitol (see photo above); the result was enactment of H.R. 2468. Having allergy and asthma training education for school staff is essential to protecting students.”

Because of the new law States can be provided preferences for grant monies for putting the following in place:

  • Procedures to identify all students who have allergies or asthma
  • Create individual student action plans
  • Require school nurses or on-site trained staff during operating hours to administer medicines for both asthma and allergies
  • Asthma and allergy training education for school staff
  • Efforts to reduce indoor asthma and allergy triggers
  • Coordinate management of care with families and health care providers.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, approximately 6 million children in the United States have asthma and an estimated 5.6 million suffer from food allergies, or a combination of both food allergies and asthma. Poorly controlled asthma and dangerous allergic reactions can be fatal.

Because this legislation provides preferences for federal grant monies to the states, it’s an incentive program as opposed to an unfunded mandate. For us here in New York it provides us a great opportunity to expand our educational/training. The Epi Near You NY program already provides a framework for school districts the necessary training.

Patrick Morris is a Strategic Communications/Government Relations Professional. He has served in local government, two Presidential Administration and in both chambers on Capitol Hill.

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