Washington D.C.- Congressman Eliot L. Engel, co-chair of the House Asthma and Allergy Caucus and a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Health Subcommittee, made the following statement in recognition of Asthma Awareness Month:
“May is Asthma Awareness Month. As co-chair of the House Asthma and Allergy Caucus, I’d like to call attention to asthma’s prevalence and highlight actions we can take to help those it affects.
“Asthma can cause shortness of breath, wheezing, chest pain, and even death. In New York, asthma takes a heavy toll. More than one-and-a-half million New Yorkers live with asthma. It impacts not only our state’s health, but its economy as well: between 2012 and 2013, asthma cost New York’s Medicaid program more than half a billion dollars.
“This is far from a ‘New York problem,’ though. Asthma affects 24 million Americans, including more than 6 million children nationwide.
“Earlier this year, I asked appropriators to fund the CDC’s National Asthma Control Program – which helps states monitor and treat asthma – at $30.56 million. Since the Program’s inception in 1999, deaths related to asthma have dropped by 22 percent.
“While this federal funding is critical, increased awareness around asthma management and cross-sector collaboration will also play a key role in relieving the burdens that asthma creates.
“I hope to contribute to that awareness and relief today, and encourage my colleagues to do the same. Together, we can help Americans across the country live healthier lives.”
Please note this statement was originally published on May 27, 2016 by Congressman Engel’s House of Representative’s office and posted to this website no sooner than 72 hours after initial publication.