Federal Advocacy

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AARC Advocates for Telehealth in Larger Medicare Package

Although Congressional actions on the bipartisan infrastructure package passed by the Senate and the President’s reconciliation bill to advance his social spending plans are still ongoing, we anticipate that making certain telehealth provisions permanent will be back on the radar screen before the end of the year. We have heard an end-of-year package may include telehealth provisions with strong bipartisan support and provisions included in the Creating Opportunities Now for Necessary and Effective Care Technologies (CONNECT) for Health Act (H.R. 2903 and S.1512) may be taken out and added to this larger package. We do not anticipate the entire CONNECT Act will be enacted because of the anticipated cost of the legislation. Given the broad bipartisan support for Sections 303 and 304 of the CONNECT for Health Act and the imperative to continually support our nation’s most vulnerable patients who benefit from expanded telehealth services, we want Congress to know the provisions that are important to respiratory therapists and their patients. AARC has reached out to the Chairs and Ranking Members of the Senate Finance Committee and the House Ways and Means Committee, e.g., committees of jurisdiction, to advocate for including sections 303 and 304 of the CONNECT for Health Act as part of a larger healthcare package moving forward this calendar year. Section 303 will allow respiratory therapists to participate in innovative payment models that include virtual services and expand access to Medicare beneficiaries who do not currently have the benefit of their expertise, which Is critical for improvingRead More
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AARC DC PACT 2022 Agenda – Time To Prepare

It’s already March 2022! Our AARC PACT Congressional meeting timeframe and legislative agenda is being set up and finalized. We wanted to send out what we know, at this time, to gear up one and all as we’ll need everyone’s valued support again this year! The DC PACT Congressional meetings will be virtual once again this year. Here is our current agenda: April 4 – PACT reps to being scheduling virtual meetings ... Read More »