Advocacy

The Emphysema Foundation of America (EFA) supports the following legislation :

Related to Improving Health & Addressing COVID-19:

  • Georgia’s HB 1228 (Buckner & Stephens) – Authorizes the Department of Community Health to submit a 1115 waiver request for the purposes of addressing coverage for the uninsured up to a maximum of 138 percent of the federal poverty level
  • Hawaii’s HR 57 (Cabanilla, Lowen, Wildberger, Tarnas, Matayoshi, Kobayashi D., Kitagawa, Eli, Hashimoto, Todd, Quinlan, Nakamura, Gates, DeCoite, San Buenaventur, Takayama, Ohno, McDermott, Kobayashi, Cachola, Ichiyama, Hashem, Cullen, Aquino, Tokioka, Mizuno, Brower, Yamane, Nishimoto, Luke, Takumi, & Say) – Request the Department of Health or prioritize the containment and control of COVID-19 to those with a high probability of contracting and dying from the virus
  • Hawaii’s HR 64 (Wildberger, Say, McKelvey, Mizuno, Lee C., Nakashima, Ichiyama, Johanson, Kobayashi, Lowen, Woodson, Kong, San Buenaventur, Perruso, & Tarnas) — Urges all commercial airlines operating in Hawaii to thoroughly clean and disinfect their aircraft between flights to prevent the spread of illnesses and diseases, including COVID-19
  • Hawaii’s SR 115 (Rhoads, Taniguchi, English, & Baker) – Urges state and private health care networks to allow sick employees to take time off without fear of retaliation or retribution in light of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak
  • Hawaii’s SB 2102 (Dela Cruz) – Requires EOA and all agencies and non-profits that receive funding through EOA, including the kupuna care program and kupuna caregivers program, to establish infection control protocols, establish emergency preparedness and response protocols, and implement COVID-19 testing at long-term care facilities
  • Illinois’s HB 5607 (Moylan & Mussman) – Amends the Department of Public Health Powers and Duties Law of the Civil Administrative Code, requires the Department of Public Health to conduct a study, subject to appropriations, of the state’s disease response preparedness
  • Illinois’s HB 5769 (Thapedi, Jones T., Robinson, Tarver, Buckner, & Pizer) – Creates the Personal Protective Equipment Responsibility Act that requires an employer designated as an essential employer under a disaster proclamation issued pursuant to the Emergency Management Act or an executive order issued pursuant to the disaster proclamation to provide personal protective equipment to independent contractors and to all employees during the duration of the disaster proclamation or executive order
  • Massachusetts’s HB 4667 (Balser) – Assisted living residences, elderly housing facilities and long-term care facilities shall report daily to the local department of health and to the Massachusetts department of public health, the number of known COVID-19 positive cases and mortalities by residents and staff, each in its own category
  • Massachusetts’s SB 2695 (Ways and Means Cmte) – Addresses Coronavirus data collection and disparities in treatment
  • Massachusetts’s SB 2731 (Montigny) – Prevents COVID-19 deaths in senior living facilities
  • Michigan’s HB 5629 (Clemente, Camilleri, Hammoud, Peterson, Sowerby, Bolden, Carter B., Garza, Hood, Hope, Manoogian, Stone, & Whitsett) – Requires Department of Health and Human Services to develop and maintain model pandemic preparedness and response plans for government entities
  • Michigan’s HB 5753 (Carter & Johnson) – Require hospitals to report demographic data on infected individuals and deaths during a public health pandemic
  • New Hampshire’s HB 1166 (Knirk) – Relates to unemployment compensation, certain sanitary protections for COVID-19, extends the federal Family and Medical Leave Act for certain coronavirus protections, waves cost sharing for testing and treatment for COVID-19, makes various changes in unemployment compensation for purposes of COVID-19
  • New York’s SB 4928 (Rivera) – Provides for a program of asthma disease management and control within the department of health; such program shall provide various services to health care providers, patients, and others; authorizes the commissioner of health to make grants; provides for a study of asthma incidence and prevalence; provides for an annual report on the program; establishes an advisory panel
  • New York’s SB 8123 (Sanders & May) – Permits any individual to receive free coronavirus disease testing, provides that such individuals may be tested anonymously, and no identifying information shall be provided to any nonmedical state or federal agency
  • New York’s AB 10517 (Rules Cmte, Aubry, Glick, Rosenthal, Otis, & Bichotte) – Requires the department of health to conduct a study on the health impacts of Coronavirus on minorities in New York state
  • North Carolina’s HB 1219 (Baker) – An act to appropriate funds from the coronavirus relief fund for the North Carolina Policy Collaboratory to carry out a statewide testing, tracking, and tracing initiative for COVID-19 research and business reopening purposes.
  • North Carolina’s HB 1196 (Richardson, Morey, Holley, & Autry) – Requiring mandatory weekly testing of staff in congregate living settings; and appropriating coronavirus relief funds to the department of health and human services to purchase COVID-19 diagnostic tests and personal protective equipment for distribution to congregate living settings
  • Ohio’s SB 305 (Craig) – Require health insurers cover telemedicine during emergency
  • Ohio’s HB 568 (Clites) – Require insurance and Medicaid coverage of a ninety-day supply of certain covered drugs and to declare an emergency
  • Ohio’s HB 579 (Russo) – Require health plan issuers cover COVID-19 test and treatment
  • South Carolina’s SB 1161 (Jackson) – Requires all individual and group health insurance plans, health maintenance organizations, and the state health plan to waive cost sharing requirements associated with testing for COVID-19

Related to Tobacco Prevention & Education:

  • California’s SB 793 (Hill, Glazer, McGuire, Pan, Skinner, & Wiener) – Prohibits a tobacco retailer, or any of the tobacco retailer’s agents or employees, from selling, offering for sale, or possessing with the intent to sell or offer for sale a flavored tobacco product or a tobacco product flavor enhancer
  • Colorado’s HB 20-1373 (Esgar, McCluskie, Moreno, & Zenzinger) – Expands the purposes for which tobacco tax revenues in the tobacco education programs fund and the prevention, early detection, and treatment fund may be used to include any health-related purpose and to serve populations enrolled in the children’s basic health plan and the Colorado medical assistance program
  • Connecticut’s HB 5150 (Klarides & Candelora) – That section 4-28e of the general statutes be amended to require that a portion of the funds in the Tobacco Settlement Fund be used for enforcement efforts to prevent the use of electronic nicotine delivery systems and vapor products by underage persons
  • Connecticut’s HB 5020 (Aresimowicz, Ritter, Looney, & Duff) – Prohibits the sale, delivery, or possession with intent to sell an electronic nicotine delivery system or a vapor product with a nicotine content greater than 35 mg/ml
  • Connecticut’s SB 76 (Public Health Cmte) – Prohibits the sale of flavored cigarettes, tobacco products, electronic nicotine delivery systems and vapor products
  • Connecticut’s SB 244 (Public Health Cmte) – Prohibiting the sale of cigarettes, tobacco products, electronic nicotine delivery systems, and vapor products by health care facilities and pharmacies
  • Illinois’s SB 2744 (Plummer) – Restricts the sale of e-liquids containing a nicotine level above 20 milligrams per milliliter (mg/ml) except within an adult-only facility
  • New York’s SB 137 (Carlucci) – increase the price of vapor products by 25 cents per ml
  • Washington’s SB 6254 (Kuderer, Cleveland, Wilson C., Carlyle, Das, & Darneille) – Prohibit the sale of products if they have nicotine salts or other ingredients that result in nicotine concentrations that exceed any of the following: 20 mg/ml of liquid; nicotine that is equivalent to two percent of the total volume of the liquid; or 20 thousand parts per million (ppm) of nicotine in the liquid

The Emphysema Foundation of America (EFA) opposes four tobacco-related bills because the legislation does not go nearly far enough to discourage teen and pre-teen purchase of vaping products:

Sponsored Legislation: California’s Assembly Bill 2293

Assembly Bill 2293 (Mayes) is the Broadening Research, Education, Awareness, Treatment, and Health for Everyone with COPD (BREATHE with COPD) Act of 2020. AB 2293 aims to increase research, diagnosis, and funding for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and find new treatments that will help patients live longer and with a greater quality of life.

COPD is an umbrella term used to describe progressive lung diseases including emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and refractory asthma. This disease is characterized by increasing difficulty in breathing, wheezing, shortness of breath, and chest tightening. COPD is incurable, but it can be managed to slow the progression of the disease. Nationally, COPD is the fourth-leading cause of death, and in California, it is the fifth.

According to National Institute of Health findings, despite nearly 150,000 COPD-related deaths each year, government funding for disease research and programs is dwarfed by funding for other diseases. Among all diseases and conditions receiving research funding from the National Institutes of Health in 2019, COPD ranks 172nd. Because Washington will not step up to address this clear need, we need Sacramento to do its part.

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