American Association for Respiratory Care

Congress Needs to Hear from You
July 10–18, 2015

Capitol Hill

The wait is over! The Medicare Telehealth Parity Act has been re-introduced in Congress with the bill number HR XXX.

In order to make sure that members of  Congress know that the RT profession still supports the bill and more importantly RTs want their own Congressman/woman to co-sponsor HR XXXX we’re relaunching our Virtual Lobby Week set for July XXX–XXX.

This past spring over 120 respiratory therapists from around the country, the RT professions Political Advocacy Contact Team (PACT) representatives from your state descended on Washington D.C. The RTs came to lobby their members of Congress to support the re-introduction of the Medicare Telehealth Parity Act.

Now the Medicare Telehealth Parity Act has taken a giant step forward that we wanted and have been waiting for and has been re- introduced in the House of Representatives as HR XXXX.

The Medicare Telehealth Parity Act expands opportunities for Medicare beneficiaries to improve health outcomes through telehealth services, including as specifically mentioned in the bill’s provisions the services of the respiratory therapist. COPD is one of the chronic conditions included in this bill that would be covered under remote patient management services that include patient monitoring, training, clinical observation, assessment and treatment.

In order for HR XXX to gain the co-sponsors necessary to move forward through the legislative process your Member of Congress needs to hear from you that you as the voter want the Member to co-sponsor HR XXX. Which is why AARC is rebooting our successful Virtual Lobby Week for the Week of July XXX. So use the AARC’s Capitol Connectin to send your emails of support.