H.R. 2094: School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act

H.R. 2094

School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act

Sponsor
Rep. Phil Roe

Date
July 30, 2013 (113th Congress, 1st Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

On Tuesday, July 30, 2013, the House will consider H.R. 2094, the School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act,under a suspension of the rules. The bill was introduced on May 22, 2013 by Rep. David Roe (R-TN) and referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, which ordered the bill reported by unanimous consent.

Bill Summary

H.R. 2094 amends the Children’s Asthma Treatment Grants Program and other asthma programs administered by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in order to encourage schools to plan for severe allergic reactions.  The bill authorizes the Secretary to give funding preference to states for asthma-treatment grants if they meet the following requirements:

  1. Maintain an emergency supply of epinephrine
  2. Permit trained personnel of the school to administer epinephrine
  3. Develop a plan for ensuring trained personnel are available to administer epinephrine during all hours of the school day.

Additionally, states would have to certify that their laws provide civil liability protection for those who administer epinephrine.

Background

There are nearly 6 million children in the United States who have food allergies.  Anaphylaxis, a serious form of allergic reaction, is potentially fatal.  In the case of an allergic reaction to food, epinephrine can be used to stop deadly swelling of the throat and tongue that occurs in an anaphylactic reaction.  It also can help maintain normal blood pressure for someone suffering from an allergic reaction.  However, in the case of an emergency, epinephrine is needed in a short period of time.  Considering that a quarter of anaphylaxis cases in U.S. schools happen without previous knowledge of a food allergy, an emergency supply of epinephrine can potentially save lives.  

Cost

According to the CBO, the bill would have no effect on direct spending or revenues.  There is no new spending in the bill, and thus the CBO expects the bill to have no significant impact on the federal budget.[1]

Additional Information

 For questions or further information contact the GOP Conference at 5-5107.