The American Association for Respiratory Care is a strong advocate for respiratory therapists, the respiratory care profession, and patients who suffer from chronic respiratory disease.
For our 2023 advocacy campaign, the AARC supports legislation that improves patient access to pulmonary rehabilitation services and respiratory therapists who are experts in providing the education and exercise that are essential components. In addition to individuals diagnosed with moderate, severe, and very severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), the Medicare program has extended coverage of pulmonary rehabilitation services to include individuals who have had confirmed or suspected COVID-19 and experience persistent symptoms that include respiratory dysfunction for at least 4 weeks. Now, more than ever, it is important that we improve access to and utilization of these vital programs.
Our 2023 advocacy campaign consists of two action requests. Additional information is provided in our Frequently Asked Questions.
You can help support our efforts by going to our Take Action Now link below and completing a short message that will be sent directly to your Representatives and Senators. It only takes a few minutes, so don’t delay. Your participation and support for AARC activities can make a difference!