Congress Needs to Hear from You
Let the Advocacy Begin! In a few short weeks over 130 respiratory therapists from nearly every state in the country will head to Washington, D.C. for the 17th annual Respiratory Therapy Capitol Hill Advocacy Day. They will be joined by an additional contingent of local RT students and pulmonary patients.
Respiratory therapists and their colleagues have spent the early part of this year scheduling meetings set for April 12th with their Congressional delegations to advocate for HR 2948 The Medicare Telehealth Parity Act (“The Parity Act”).
You can help pave the way for the PACT RTs just before the April 12th Hill Day by participating in our Virtual Lobby Week. We set up an easy to use system called Capitol Connection which already has suggested emails (which you are free to edit) you can send depending on “who you are” to your 2 Senators and your member of the House of Representatives.
So what’s so special about the Parity Act, HR 2948? The 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. To learn more how the Parity Act impacts respiratory therapists and pulmonary patients we’ve developed a set of useful Frequently Asked Questions.
In order for Congress to move this important legislation forward the bill needs co-sponsors in the House of Representatives and support in the Senate. Pro-active respiratory therapists from your state … your Political Advocacy Contact Team (PACT) representative as well as supporters of the profession will be in Washington, D.C. to do just that. Their visits, however, can be even more effective and successful when members of Congress hear from RTs and patients and other supporters from “back home” that you, their constituents want Congress to support for HR 2948.
So while you might not walk the halls of Congress your voice can still be heard and you can make a difference!