Federal Advocacy

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Lobbying for Better Health Care

Illinois Respiratory Therapists Lobby for Better Health Care in Washington, D.C. Lisa Zaenger, AAS, RRT, RCP, DCCS, AARC President-Elect Dana Evans, MHA, RRT, RRT-NPS, FACHE, FAARC, and Lexie Caraway, MBA, RRT, RRT-ACCS, RRT-NPS, AE-C recently traveled to Washington, D.C. with about 100 other respiratory therapists and patients to request members of Congress to support the Medicare Act. To help fix the problems created by the Medicare Competitive Bidding Program, the AARC has been working with a comprehensive coalition of oxygen stakeholders that includes providers, patients, and the durable medical equipment industry. Of great importance to the respiratory care profession, the SOAR Act will establish a service benefit to pay respiratory therapists to see oxygen patients outside the care facility and in their home, which has never existed before under the durable medical equipment benefit. They asked members of Congress to co-sponsor this legislation to ensure anyone who requires supplemental oxygen can access the most appropriate type of oxygen equipment for their needs. Congress must prioritize patients and solve this problem. The legislation is based on four pillars of reform: Ensure supplemental oxygen is patient-centric. Ensure access to liquid oxygen for patients for whom it is medically necessary. Create a statutory service element to provide adequate reimbursement for respiratory therapists to ensure patients have access to their expertise. To ensure predictable and adequate reimbursement and to protect against fraud and abuse, establish national standardized documentation requirements that rely upon a template rather than prescriber medical records to support claims for supplementalRead More
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AARC DC PACT Trip 2023 Update

Formally known as Advocacy Week or PACT Week, the Annual Respiratory Care Fly-In is a time for respiratory therapists to come together in Washington, D.C. to fight for their patients and profession. This year’s Fly-In meeting to Washington DC is Sept. 26–27, 2023. The AARC PACT team has been meeting to discuss our current advocacy initiatives. The week will culminate with the annual Hill Day, which brings respiratory therapy into the spotlight ... Read More »
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ISRC Advocacy Update Feb 16, 2023

It’s 2023 and both Lexie Caraway and I are ready to re-energize our efforts this year as we have specific AARC outlined goals we want to achieve in 2023 Our AARC PACT 2023 DC trip this year will be LIVE…we’ll be back in Washington DC to meet! Our meeting dates are Sept 25-26th. This is later in the year than we usually meet which gives us more time to prepare. Our agenda ... Read More »

Veterans Need Access to Respiratory Therapists

Ask Congress to help by placing report language in the Fiscal Year 2024 Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies appropriations bill Each year, Congress passes appropriations bills that allocate federal spending for each department and agency in the government. In conjunction with these bills, Congress adopts accompanying reports that provide federal agencies with more specific instructions on implementing the programs within their jurisdiction. Submitting report language is an effective way to ... Read More »