House lawmakers adopted a resolution Monday sponsored by Democratic Rep. Mike Hanna, D-Lock Haven, to bring attention to a medical procedure needed for Pennsylvanians struggling with persistent, severe asthma. It also urges Pennsylvania insurance companies to fully cover the procedure.
The resolution designates May 2 as Bronchial Thermoplasty Awareness Day in Pennsylvania, according to a release.
About 24 million Americans suffer from asthma and 3,400 die every year. Bronchial thermoplasty is delivered by the Alair System, the first therapeutic device approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 2010 for adult patients with severe asthma that is not well-controlled with medication. It targets airway smooth muscles by delivering a controlled specific amount of thermal energy to the airway wall through a dedicated catheter.