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PACT in Action:
Making a Difference in Washington

March 12, 2009


They're back! Your PACT has returned from their visit to Washington DC on Monday and Tuesday of this week.

And they're back with commitments from several Senators and House members to co-sponsor the Medicare Respiratory Therapy Initiative (S 343/HR 1077)

On March 9 and 10, 105 members of the AARC’s Political Advocacy Contact Team (PACT) from 46 states and the District of Columbia traveled to Capitol Hill to educate lawmakers on the Medicare Respiratory Therapy Initiative and other legislation important to your patients and your career. Three patient advocates accompanied the group.

"Your letters made an amazing difference," said Cheryl West, director of Government Affairs at the AARC. Over 10,000 letters from respiratory therapists and friends streamed in to Washington lawmakers in the weeks and days before the visit.

Have you done your letter yet? If not, you can still write. Go to the AARC’s Capitol Connection to learn more about the RT Medicare legislation, then go here for a menu of the types of e-mails you can send requesting support from your Senators and Representative.

Even though the visits are done, your letter can still make a difference and can follow up on the foundation laid by the PACT. To write a letter is quick, easy, and it will make a huge difference in the ability of YOUR PACT representatives to move legislation forward to improve care for your patients.

View photos of the event on Flickr.