AARC readies to lobby

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Wednesday, April 3, 2019

WASHINGTON – Members of the American Association for Respiratory Care will meet with lawmakers on Capitol Hill on April 9 to seek support for the BREATHE Act.

The act calls for a three-year pilot program to demonstrate the value that telehealth RTs can add to the Medicare program for beneficiaries suffering from COPD.

Members of the association’s Political Advocacy Contact Team are asking members of the House of Representatives to co-sponsor the BREATHE Act when it is introduced, and asking members of the Senate to introduce a companion bill.

The AARC is also asking members of Congress to sign an upcoming letter to CMS Administrator Seema Verma, directing Medicare to monitor patient access to liquid oxygen during the two-year gap period in its competitive bidding program and to report its findings to Congress.

The association on March 27 also launched a “Virtual Lobby Week” to encourage a “flood” of emails to members of Congress in support of the act and the letter.

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