School-Based Asthma Management Program Act

The School-Based Asthma Management Program Act (SAMPRO) – HR 4662 — is groundbreaking legislation that will greatly improve asthma care in schools, providing an opportunity to standardize asthma action plans and access to emergency medications for millions of schoolchildren across the country.

Like its sister act, the School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act that was signed into law in 2014, HR 4662 aims to enable schools to save lives by stocking life-saving medications for students facing medical emergencies.

Introduced by Representatives Phil Roe (R-TN) and Steny Hoyer (D-MD) on March 6, 2016, this legislation would give federal funding preference to states that adopt school asthma programs that include:

• Stocking asthma-related rescue medications for use when a child’s own medication is not readily available;

• Permitting trained school personnel to administer the medication; and

• Implementing school-based asthma management programs to ensure a safe and healthy learning environment for children with asthma.

Allergy & Asthma Network applauds Representatives Roe and Hoyer for introducing this bill, and we urge all our members, partners and advocates to take action today by contacting their Congressional representatives and asking them to sign on in support of the bill.