Call Your Member of Congress
Take a few minutes over the next couple of weeks to call your members of Congress and let them know how important their support and co-sponsorship is to you for H.R. 2948, the Medicare Telehealth Parity Act.
We have tips and information for calling your members of Congress, including the phone number for the U.S. Capitol Switchboard to ask for your Senators’ or Representative’s office.
Here are some talking points you can use when you make your call:
For your Senators—
I am a respiratory therapist (or student, or pulmonary patient, etc.) and I’m from (your town and state). I’d like to ask Senator_________ to support the introduction of companion legislation to H.R. 2948, the Medicare Telehealth Parity Act.
For your House of Representatives Member—
I am a respiratory therapist (or student, or pulmonary patient, etc.) and I’m from (your town and state). I’d like to ask Congressman/woman _________ to co-sponsor H.R. 2948, the Medicare Telehealth Parity Act.
Please become a supporter or co-sponsor of H.R. 2948, the Medicare Telehealth Parity Act.
Thank you very much for your time.
A bit more about the Parity Act to be more knowledgable—
Some of the most noteworthy provisions of the bill include the following:
- Expands telehealth services over three-phases, each 2 years apart.
- Includes respiratory therapists as qualified telehealth providers in addition to certified diabetes educators, audiologists, physical and occupational therapists and speech-language pathologists.
- Adds respiratory services, audiology services and outpatient therapy services as covered telehealth services.
- Allows incremental coverage of remote patient monitoring for patients with chronic conditions that include Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) at a time when COPD is included on the list of conditions subject to excess hospital readmission penalties.
- Expands access to evaluate/treat acute stroke regardless of where the patient is located.
- Includes an individual’s home as a telehealth site for home dialysis, hospice care, eligible mental and behavioral health services, and home health services, including outpatient therapy services and durable medical equipment.
- Expands originating sites over time to include metropolitan areas with populations greater than 100,000, reaching pulmonary patients who currently do not have adequate access to health care.
- Requires a Report to Congress on the effectiveness of additional telehealth services and their providers with respect to patient satisfaction and responsiveness to needs that has the potential to show the value respiratory therapists bring to their pulmonary patients.