Is this legislation that FAAN pushing through enough?

Posted on: Tue, 10/17/2006 - 12:11pm
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Legislation in Congress and how YOU can make a difference
We are pleased to let you know that Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist and Sen. Christopher Dodd have just introduced legislation (S. 3980) directing the Secretary of Health and Human Services, in consultation with the Secretary of Education, to develop voluntary food allergy guidelines for preventing exposure to food allergens in schools and assuring a prompt response when a child suffers a potentially fatal anaphylactic reaction. FAAN worked diligently during the past year on the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Management Act of 2006 (S.3980) and hopes to see the bill passed into law in November. This bill, and a virtually identical companion bill introduced into the House shortly afterward by Rep. Lowey, effectively replace H.R. 4063 which had been introduced in 2005.

How You Can Support the Bill

Now is the time to contact your senators and demand that they support this bill. The most effective form of support for S.3980 is a simple five minute phone call to your senator. Below you will find a suggested guideline for your phone conversation:

Ask to speak to the staff member who handles health issues in the office.
Briefly describe how food allergies affect you and your family. Also mention the importance of a safe school environment for children with food allergies.
Tell the staffer you want your senator to co-sponsor bill S. 3980. [The more co-sponsors the food allergy bill collects, the more likely the bill will come up for a vote during the short period the Senate is in session in November.]
Urge your senator to speak to Senate leadership and request the bill be voted on under

Posted on: Wed, 10/18/2006 - 2:31am
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What bothers me about this bill is the fact that the food allergy policy will be voluntary. So it's really just going to be a "good idea" and not a law. And they're going to be giving grants to local educational agencies for the adoption and implementation of voluntary guidelines?
Something is better than nothing, but why can't they just go the extra mile (or extra few feet) and establish national food allergy guidelines that are not voluntary?
Don't throw away your 504 plans yet.

Posted on: Wed, 10/18/2006 - 2:31am
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What bothers me about this bill is the fact that the food allergy policy will be voluntary. So it's really just going to be a "good idea" and not a law. And they're going to be giving grants to local educational agencies for the adoption and implementation of voluntary guidelines?
Something is better than nothing, but why can't they just go the extra mile (or extra few feet) and establish national food allergy guidelines that are not voluntary?
Don't throw away your 504 plans yet.

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