HR 2619, when enacted, will allow Medicare recipients, diagnosed with COPD, Asthma, Pulmonary Hypertension, Cystic Fibrosis and Pulmonary Fibrosis, access to the services of a qualified respiratory therapist in the doctor’s office or alternate outpatient settings.
I left Washington, DC with a great deal of hope that this legislation has a good chance of passing thru Congress this time around. Senator Graham and his staff expressed an interest to get more details about the legislation once a Senate companion bill “drops-in.”
Although this year’s Hill Day meetings were a great success, I encourage every therapist to take an active role in the letter writing campaign and encourage family members, friends, and patients to write their Congressional representatives urging support for this important legislation. In a matter of minutes, using the AARC’s Capitol Connections “Write Congress” link (located in the right hand column of this page), anyone can send letters to their Congressional representatives.
I also wish to thank the SCSRC Board of Directors for allowing me to represent the SCSRC at the 2014 P.A.C.T. meeting.
Scott Lane, RRT, RCP