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Respiratory Therapists go to Washington for a Capitol Hill Lobby Day. We Need Your Support to Back Them Up.

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February 18, 2010

On March 9th over 100 respiratory therapists from 47 states and the District of Columbia will be on Capitol Hill to lobby their Congressional Delegations for support of the Medicare Respiratory Therapy Initiative, HR 1077 and S 343.

It is important that members of Congress, both Representatives and Senators, hear from you before your Political Advocacy Contact Team (PACT) representatives arrive in Washington. 

Supportive emails to Congress just 2 weeks before the PACT Hill Lobby Day will put our issues front and center in the minds of lawmakers and will provide concrete support that the “folks back home” want Congress to support the RT legislation as well.

The key message your PACT Rep will be asking for is: Please co-sponsor and support HR 1077 in the House and S 343 in the Senate.

This legislation will expand a Medicare patient’s access to qualified respiratory therapists in physician offices. Read the Medicare Respiratory Therapy Initiative Frequently Asked Questions to learn more about this legislation.

With mass emails coming in to your Representative’s and Senators’ offices, you pave the way for your respiratory therapist PACT representative to effectively state that this legislation is important to the respiratory therapists and the pulmonary patients back home.

By using the AARC’s Capitol Connection, we’ve made it easy to send an email message to your members in Congress.

Send message here

The annual PACT Capitol Hill Lobby Day is a joint effort between the AARC and the state respiratory care societies. The PACT representatives from your state are respiratory therapists who have been appointed by your state society leadership for their ability to effectively bring key messages to lawmakers.  Help your PACT representative to bring the message of the respiratory therapy profession to Congress. Email your members of Congress today and urge your colleagues, patients and family to do the same.

Thank you.