At AARC, we think there’s no better cause than that of respiratory therapy and the right of respiratory patients to receive competent respiratory care. To that end, the AARC Advocacy interacts with local, state, and federal governments on public policies that affect our patients and our profession. As an advocate for our members, AARC does more than simply “watchdog” issues. We aggressively advocate for the recognition of the value of respiratory therapy and therapists in all areas of public policy.
RTs and Telehealth Services: A Call to Action!, an AARC webcast recorded on Aug. 11, 2016, talks about targeting key members of Congress regarding telehealth legislation.
The AARC is involved in both federal and state legislative and regulatory issues. This page provides links that take you with more specific information on topics that impact respiratory therapy.
We receive frequent requests for information on how to contact members of Congress how to find Medicare information and how to find information on state respiratory therapy licensure contacts and requirements. On this main page we provide information on those frequent requests.
How To Find Your U.S. House of Representative Member of Congress There are 435 members of the House of Representatives. A Congressman or woman represents a district of approximately 650,000 citizens. Every state has two United States Senators.
To find your members of Congress, just go to the House of Representatives website or the Senate website. Another quick and easy way to find your members of Congress is to use the AARC’s Capitol Connection.
How to Find the Sponsors and Co-sponsors of Congressional Bills To find out which members of Congress have co-sponsored legislation of interest or to track to see if your member has already co-sponsored legislation just follow these steps:
- Use the Thomas website, which is sponsored by the Library of Congress
- In the Search Bill Text type in bill number
- On the next page that comes up the bill you are looking for, usually the very first one is highlighted. Click on it
- On the next page, you can click on Bill Summary and Status
- That takes you to the next page which lists among other information the total number of co sponsors, who they are and the date that they co-sponsored the legislation.
How to Find Information on State Respiratory Therapy Licensure Information Check here for a Matrix (which lists licensure fees, CEUs, renewal times, etc) and the Licensure Board or Committee contact information.
How to Find Medicare and Medicaid Information The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, CMS, is the federal agency that oversees these massive federal and to an extent state health programs. This link takes you to the main page of the CMS site.
How to find Medicare Coverage Information CMS has coverage policy site within its main site. This includes a link to Local Coverage Decision Policies. This is a somewhat more difficult site to navigate, but it will take you to the insurance contractors overseeing state and regional Medicare, including local policies that may address respiratory issues such as pulmonary rehab.
Political Advocacy Contact Team (PACT)
These individuals have been appointed by their state respiratory therapy societies to be the key contacts for lobbying federal legislative issues. These individuals also represent their state and the AARC at the annual Washington, D.C. Hill Lobby Day.
You can access our PACT resource page and a list of PACT members.
Federal Government Affairs
To read about federal issues AARC is involved with: AARC Federal Activities
Other Federal Issues
The AARC has established a coding resource page with links to key web sources. There is also a listserve, that as AARC members you may join.
- Tobacco Issues
- Guidance Document on Medicare Smoking Cessation Counseling
Access other web sites that may provide information helpful to your efforts including:
- American Cancer Society
- American Heart Association
- American Lung Association
- Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- National Association of Attorneys General
- National Conference of State Legislatures
- National Governors’ Association