Policy and Advocacy

Public Policy | COPD Advocacy

The COPD Foundation community works with local, state, and federal policy makers to increase research funding, improve care delivery, protect access to treatments, and create policy that improves the lives of those with COPD and related lung conditions. We cannot act alone. Use the COPD Action Center to learn about pressing policy issues and to call, write, or visit your elected officials.

Add your voice to our search for a cure and a better life for all those affected by COPD, bronchiectasis and nontuberculous mycobacterial (NTM) lung disease.

Policy Priorities

The COPD Foundation is focusing its 2021 Advocacy and Public Policy activities on three main areas:

  1. Access to safe, effective and affordable oxygen therapy. More about oxygen issues here.
  2. Access to effective, affordable pulmonary rehabilitation (in person or via telehealth).
  3. Improvement in the regulatory process of qualifying drug development tools to support the development of new treatments for chronic lung conditions.

Other advocacy efforts will be in a supportive role with other leading organizations (clean air, tobacco control, vaping, health disparities, vaccine access, etc.)

Ask your Representatives and Senators to be a Member of the Congressional COPD Caucus (current members listed on the COPD Coalition website).

The COPD Caucus

What is the COPD Caucus? Why is it important? Click here to learn more.

One way to help the COPD community is to invite your U.S. Senators and Representatives to join the COPD caucus. You may do this by phone, email, or in person. Below are some templates you can use when you connect with them. There is even a thank you letter if your representative is already a member of the caucus.

Other COPD issues:

For more information, please contact Linda Walsh, at lwalsh@copdfoundation.org