Call Your Member of Congress
Each year, the AARC solicits the help of its respiratory therapists, RT students, patients, caregivers, etc. to call and/or email Congress in support of the Association’s legislative agenda.
For 2017, our request is to ask Members to include respiratory therapists in any telehealth legislation introduced in Congress this year. We also want Members to include language in the FY 2018 Labor-HHS Appropriations Report that tasks the Medicare program to conduct an analysis of COPD claims data and report back to Congress on the findings. This type of detailed review will help demonstrate the clinical expertise and value respiratory therapists bring to improving their patients’ health outcomes in a variety of settings.
If you don’t have a computer to send an email to the Hill, you can still make a difference by calling Congressional leaders. 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. So let your voice be heard and place those calls now! Check out our Frequently Asked Questions for more detailed information.
Here are some talking points you can use when you make your call.
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_________ or Representative __________) to ensure that respiratory therapists are included in any telehealth legislation introduced into Congress this year. I’d also like (the Senator or Representative) to consider adding language to the FY 2018 Labor-HHS Appropriations Report that tasks the Medicare program to conduct an analysis of COPD claims data and report back to Congress on the findings. Respiratory therapists are not recognized as Medicare providers and having a detailed analysis of COPD claims will help validate their clinical expertise in improving their patients’ health outcomes in a variety of settings.
Thank you for taking the time to consider my requests.