2015-04-15 National Governors Association

Health Investments that Pay Off: Strategies for Addressing Asthma in Children

Asthma is one of the most common chronic conditions in the United States, affecting nearly one in 11 children. Currently, asthma cannot be prevented or cured, but people who have asthma can be symptom free, fully active and avoid costly emergency room (ER) visits and hospitalizations if they receive appropriate treatment and services. Leading experts in asthma policy and research have asserted that to improve health outcomes and reduce asthma-related health care costs, it is important to augment high-quality medical management with asthma self-management education and home visiting programs. To improve health outcomes among children and reduce medical expenses, governors can incorporate those interventions into their overall agenda for state health care transformation.

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