Engel Helps Introduce Bill to Improve Asthma Care in the Bronx

Engel Helps Introduce Bill to Improve Asthma Care in the Bronx

Rep. Engel worked to expand the bill to include Bronx and other underserved areas


Congressman Eliot L. Engel (NY-16), Co-Chair of the Asthma and Allergy Caucus, joined Congressmen Juan Vargas (CA-51) and T.J. Cox (CA-21), Members of the Asthma and Allergy Caucus, today in introducing the Asthma Care and Prevention in Rural Communities Act, H.R. 4548. This legislation would enable communities with high rates of childhood asthma to receive funding for mobile health clinics that would provide asthma care.


Congressman Engel worked with Representative Vargas to ensure that the Bronx would be able to participate in this important public health program. Specifically, Representative Engel authored language that expanded the program to include medically underserved areas, which are communities like the Bronx that have a shortage of clinicians in certain health fields. In addition, Congressman Engel wrote provisions that would ensure communities that have a high prevalence of childhood asthma greater than 12% would be eligible, including the Bronx.


“I am pleased to have worked with Congressman Vargas to expand this bill to include underserved communities like the Bronx, so that they too can have access to funding for mobile health clinics,” said Engel. “Like rural communities, residents in areas like the Bronx can face significant barriers in accessing high-quality asthma care. This legislation, if enacted, would provide the Bronx with additional support to help families care for their children living with this disease.”     


This legislation builds on Congressman Engel’s record to improve asthma care and services for New Yorkers. Earlier this year, Congressman Engel led 42 House Members on a letter urging increased funding for the National Asthma Control Program, which funds five asthma coalitions in New York that are working to improve asthma care in the state. In May, Congressman Engel introduced a bipartisan resolution with Representatives Fred Upton (R-MI) and Pete King (R-NY) designating May as National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month to raise public awareness about the impact of this disease.