Articles tagged with: Advocacy

#AARCLobby | Advocacy for 2020

January 22, 2020

#AARCLobby | Advocacy for 2020

The AARC advocacy program for 2020 takes on the mindset to “Be an Advocate, Every Day.” Although we will continue to dedicate times to send targeted messages to the Hill, we want you to support advocacy efforts throughout the year. Instead of just focusing on a single piece of legislation—or legislation that primarily benefits respiratory... Read more »

 

Changes by the Administration to Step Back from its Policy on Flavored E-Cigarettes is Unacceptable

January 3, 2020

Changes by the Administration to Step Back from its Policy on Flavored E-Cigarettes is Unacceptable

The American Association for Respiratory Care is extremely disappointed in the Administration’s limited plan to ban flavored e-cigarettes from the market. The ban would include flavored, cartridge-based e-cigarettes that contain vaping liquids (other than tobacco and menthol flavors) but would allow refillable-type products typically sold in vape shops to remain on the market. This policy... Read more »

 

AARC Supports Administration’s Decision to Remove Flavored E-Cigarettes from the Market

September 13, 2019

AARC Supports Administration’s Decision to Remove Flavored E-Cigarettes from the Market

Irving, TX (September 12, 2019) – The American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) strongly supports the Administration’s announcement on September 11 regarding its plans to remove flavored e-cigarettes from the marketplace and commends its actions to protect our nation’s youth from being deceived by the tobacco industry’s marketing strategies that have led to the current... Read more »

 

Advocacy Update: Summer Lobby Blast Kicks Off Monday

August 14, 2019

Advocacy Update: Summer Lobby Blast Kicks Off Monday

Heads up! Our summer lobby campaign kicks off August 19. Through the efforts of this three-day campaign blast, we hope to: Gain additional House co-sponsors for H.R. 2508 (the BREATHE Act). Connect with key senators who can help get our pilot into any year-end must-pass legislation. Go To AARC Advocacy We want to take advantage... Read more »

 

AARC Opposes Ventilators Under Competitive Bidding – Take Action Now

May 22, 2019

AARC Opposes Ventilators Under Competitive Bidding – Take Action Now

On May 16, 2019, 19 patient and pulmonary groups signed a joint letter to the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) opposing CMS’ decision to include noninvasive ventilators in the FY 2021 round of competitive bidding. While that seems like a long... Read more »

 

Florida Passes Telehealth Legislation Including RTs

May 15, 2019

Florida Passes Telehealth Legislation Including RTs

The future of RTs in telehealth got a big boost on May 2 when Rep. Mike Thompson and colleagues introduced H.R. 2508, the BREATHE Act, into the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill calls for a three-year pilot project that would test the value of using RTs to provide health education and other services via... Read more »

 

New Bill Takes Aim at Flavored Tobacco Products

May 8, 2019

New Bill Takes Aim at Flavored Tobacco Products

According to the FDA and the CDC, e-cigarette use rose by 78% in high school students and 48% in middle school students between 2017 and 2018. What’s more, more than half of children who smoke traditional cigarettes (and seven out of 10 African-American children) choose menthol brands. Most experts agree child-friendly flavors like “Red Hot... Read more »

 

AARC Members Trek Up Capitol Hill, Lobby for Respiratory Care

April 11, 2019

AARC Members Trek Up Capitol Hill, Lobby for Respiratory Care

Scenes from AARC Hill Day 2019. For more photos, check out our Hill Day 2019 Facebook Album. Members of Congress heard directly from RTs on Tuesday, as the AARC’s Political Advocacy Contact Team (PACT) made its annual journey to the nation’s capital to lobby and educate legislators on issues important to the respiratory care profession... Read more »

 

Virtual Lobby Campaign Underway Now!

March 27, 2019

Virtual Lobby Campaign Underway Now!

Respiratory therapists will take center stage on Capitol Hill on April 9, as members of the AARC’s Political Advocacy Contact Team (PACT) travel to Washington, DC, to meet with their representatives in Congress to share vital information about the profession and its patients. But our annual lobby event really starts today with the launch of... Read more »

 

Hill Day Is Coming – Get Ready to Lobby!

March 13, 2019

Hill Day Is Coming – Get Ready to Lobby!

Mandy De Vries, RRT, at the U.S. Capitol For Hill Day 2019, respiratory therapists, appointed as Political Advocacy Contact Team (PACT) members by their states, will head to Washington, D.C. on April 9 to lobby their Congressional delegations seeking support for respiratory care. Specifically, PACT members have two important messages for Congressional leaders: Co-Sponsor the... Read more »

 

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