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Signing this online petition gives the MSRC permission to send emails to the legislature on your behalf in support of AARC/MSRC supported legislation in an ongoing yearly basis. Please note that emails will be sent daily during the AARC's Virtual Lobby Campaign. You may receive confirmation emails from your legislators during these times. No action is required on your part and they will not be placing you on any other email lists.
ASK #1: Co-Sponsor the BREATHE Act; Introduce a Senate Companion Bill
The first ask relates to the Better Respiration through Expanding Access to Tele-Health Act (the BREATHE Act) which, when introduced, will allow qualified respiratory therapists (RTs) as telehealth practitioners to deliver disease management services to Medicare beneficiaries with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). The AARC is asking for respiratory therapists and their supporters to Contact Congress NOW and ask the House to consider co-sponsoring the BREATHE Act when introduced and the Senate to introduce companion legislation.
ASK #2: Direct CMS to monitor access to liquid oxygen during the suspension of competitive bidding to ensure patients are not adversely impacted.
Secondly, we want respiratory therapists and supporters to ask their Congressional leaders to sign a letter to the Medicare Administrator when it is available directing CMS to monitor access to liquid oxygen during the suspension of competitive bidding to ensure patients are not adversely impacted. Since January 1, 2019, Medicare suspended its competitive bidding program for 18-24 months (e.g., gap period), recognizing flaws in the program and the need to establish a new bidding process that leads to more accurate payment for services; however, individuals who need liquid oxygen systems may be seriously impacted by this change.
The AARC staff put together great resources and tools to help you easily share your view on these subjects with legislators. Our Lobby Campaign webpage will give you direct and easy access to sending emails, messages, Facebook posts, as well as calling your representatives.
The AARC Virtual Lobby Campaign webpage is now live. Please check out the site for resources and access to our communication platform. Send your senators and representatives messages about why you feel these issues are important to the respiratory profession and patient care.
As you help spread this message, please tag the AARC (@aarc_tweets or @aarc.org for Facebook) and include #breathingmatters, #aarclobby, and #telehealth in your posts.