In the absence of federal action, states are introducing legislation to help safeguard children coping with food allergies when they are in school and elsewhere.
We know of two petitions currently circulating in support of important legislation that will go a long way toward protecting kids.
The first petition is in support of S255, “An Act to Establish Food Allergy Plans” introduced by Massachusetts State Senator Cynthia Stone Creem. The bill would require Massachusetts school districts to develop a food allergy management and prevention plan which will ensure that schools have policies and procedures in place for the management of students with food allergies. This bill would also require school staff to receive annual professional development on providing a safe environment for students with food allergies.
If you are a resident of Massachusetts or have family, friends, or co-workers that are, please sign/forward the petition you can find on Change.org by clicking here.
The second petition is for legislation that is yet unnamed to be introduced by Pennsylvania State Representatives Liz Hanbidge and Kristine Howard. The bill will require any state-regulated health insurance company to cover the cost of doctor-prescribed, medically necessary epinephrine auto-injectors for children under age 18.
If you are a resident of Pennsylvania or have family, friends, or co-workers that are, please sign/forward the petition you can find on the Pennsylvania House site pahouse.com by clicking here.
Please support these legislative efforts and contact your representatives to find out how you can help foster similar legislation in your state. If you know of petitions in support of federal, state, or local food allergy legislation, let us know by contacting us.