President Obama is helping to ease the anxiety of many parents by signing a bill to increase the availability of life-saving EpiPens at schools into law.
Nearly 10 percent of U.S. children struggle with asthma and about 5 percent have severe food allergies. And that makes parents very anxious as kids are away from them at school. President Obama is helping to ease this anxiety by signing a bill to increase the availability of life-saving EpiPens at schools.
The new law is called the School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act, and provides a financial incentive when schools maintain and appropriately administer epinephrine during asthma attacks and allergic reactions.
The Department of Health and Human Services will give funding preferences to states if they keep an emergency store of EpiPens, allow trained school staff to use the EpiPen, and make sure that the trained staff is available at any time of the school day should an emergency arise.
This gives all states a financial incentive in the form of federal grants for children’s asthma treatments if their schools comply. Currently only four states - Nebraska, Virginia, Maryland and Nevada –require schools stock the life-saving medicine.
President Obama’s daughter, Malia, has a peanut allergy. It took 2 years for Congress to finally approve this bill after 2 students died from accidentally ingesting peanuts during school.