Tell Congress We Need
Great news for RTs! We now have three bills introduced in the House of Representatives that include respiratory care as a telehealth service and respiratory therapists among the professionals covered to provide telehealth and/or remote patient monitoring services under Medicare. They are:
- H.R. 2550 — Medicare Telehealth Parity Act
- H.R. 2291 — Helping Expand Telehealth to Rural America (HEART) Act
- H.R. 766 — Telehealth for Individuals Residing in Public Housing
We need co-sponsors of these bills in order to move them forward through the legislative process. You can help by sending emails to your members of the House of Representatives asking for co-sponsorship. We want to get the ball rolling by emailing the House before they leave for their home districts during the month of August and then have our PACT Representatives follow-up during the Congressional recess. Rather than email Senators, we plan to set up face-to-face meetings as a more effective way to gain companion legislation to these bills.
You can help pave the way before Congressional recess by participating in our Virtual Lobby Week. Sending a message is simple via AARC’s Capital Connection. We have suggested emails you can send to House Members based on your relationship to the respiratory profession, or you can personalize them as you see fit.
It couldn’t be easier! It’s important that House Members hear from RTs, patients, and other supporters “back home” to gain co-sponsorship of these telehealth bills that can advance the respiratory profession.