March 28, 2016
The AARC has launched its Virtual Lobby Week in preparation for the AARC’s 17th annual Capitol Hill Advocacy Day on April 12.
AARC and your state societies sponsor respiratory therapists who are your Political Advocacy Contact Team (PACT) representatives. These RT volunteers come to Washington, D.C. every year and have scheduled face-to-face meetings with the Congressional delegations from your state to advocate for legislation and policies that will positively impact the profession and the pulmonary patient.
We are advocating for Congressional support of the Medicare Telehealth Parity Act. This important legislation expands Medicare telehealth services to include respiratory therapists as telehealth practitioners and includes coverage of respiratory services and remote patient monitoring and training for patients with COPD. (Telehealth services are those that occur via an interactive telecommunications system that permits real-time communication between health care practitioners and patients or other health care providers who are at different locations.)
This year, we have a record-breaking number of PACT reps going to lobby for the telehealth bill. You can help make their voices and messages even stronger by letting your members of Congress know that you and other constituents are behind their message.
Please participate in the Virtual Lobby Week, by using AARC Capitol Connection. Sending your message of support is simple and easy and the impact is powerful.
We’ve created a special Virtual Lobby Week webpage with all the details on how to email, mail, or phone your member of Congress.
We hope you will participate and let your voices be heard for both the respiratory therapy profession and the patients you serve.
John Lindsey, RRT
Raymond Pisani, RRT
Co-Chairs, Government Affairs Committee
P.S. Help us keep this in the public eye until April 12 by using the hashtag #aarcvlw16.