By Ross Brenneman
The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill Tuesday that contains good news for students with allergies.
Under the Public Health Service Act, Congress entitled the U.S. Department of Education to set up grants for states that work to address asthma in their school systems. The new bill, H.R. 2094, directs the Education Department to give higher priority to states that also take measures to address anaphylaxis, or severe allergic reactions. Measures include maintaining a secure supply of epinephrine and having personnel trained in its administration on the premises during school hours. The bill would also shield trained employees who put forth their best effort to save students experiencing an attack, even if unsuccessful.