Virtual Lobby Week Heralds Respiratory Day in
(Irving, TX - Feb. 28, 2013) Respiratory therapists, appointed as Political
Advocacy Contact Team members by their states, head to Washington, D.C.
March 12 to lobby their Congressional delegations seeking support for
the Medicare Respiratory Therapist Access Act.
This important initiative, when passed by Congress, will take a small
but critically important step of inserting respiratory therapists into
Medicare law. Specifically, this initiative will allow qualified respiratory
therapists to provide pulmonary self-management education and training
services for Medicare patients diagnosed with certain chronic lung diseases
in the physician office practice.
To launch this important advocacy initiative prior to AARC's Hill Lobby
Day, when over 120 RTs will go to DC, the organization is hosting a
Virtual Lobby Week
where they are asking respiratory therapists, RT students and other
interested individuals, to send emails of support using the AARC's
Capitol Connection .
"Your help can go a long way to making our efforts in DC successful,
and all interested individuals are urged to send their letters to Congress,"
said Frank Salvatore, RRT, chair of the AARC's Federal Government Affairs
More information is available on at AARC.org
under the Government Affairs link.
About the AARC
The American Association for
Respiratory Care is a 52,000 member professional association
of respiratory care professionals. The organization is dedicated to
encouraging and promoting professional excellence, advancing the science
of respiratory care, and serving as an advocate for patients, their
families and the public.
Further information about the AARC and how to become
a respiratory therapist are available at: www.AARC.org.
Contact: Sherry Milligan