One of the many benefits of being a member of the SCSRC is having legislative advocacy on a state and national level to assist in the promotion of the of Respiratory Care. This year, the AARC and SCSRC are continuing their longstanding support of legislation affecting Respiratory Care providers. It is that time of year when your profession asks you to write or email your representatives and request their support of important legislation. Please click on the link below and follow the prompts to contact our Senators and your Representative. (There is also a link which will tell you who your representative is, if you are unsure.)
South Carolina Political Action Contact Team (PACT)
The AARC and SCSRC are actively involved in both Federal and State legislative regulatory affairs. The AARC and SCSRC aggressively advocate for recognition of the value of respiratory therapy and respiratory therapists in all areas of public policy. This has become of growing concern as health care costs endure increasing scrutiny and the effectiveness of respiratory care in controlling these costs is questioned.
Each state society appoints a member to represent their constituency directly in Washington DC. This year the SCSRC representatives and students will travel to Washington DC on April 4th, 2017, or “Hill Day”. Hill Day is when all the states’ PACT members travel to DC to meet individually with their Representatives in Congress and ask for their support of our legislation. For 2017, our profession is requesting to include respiratory therapists in any telehealth legislation introduced into this Congress rather than supporting a single bill. We are also asking Congress to include language in the FY 2018 Labor-HHS Appropriations Report that would task the Medicare program to conduct an analysis of COPD claims data and report back to Congress on the findings which will help demonstrate the clinical expertise and value respiratory therapists bring to improving their patients’ health outcomes in a variety of settings. You can read more details about this year’s advocacy by visiting http://c.aarc.org/advocacy/lobby_week/.
You can Help! Let your Voice be Heard!
It takes more than one voice to be heard in DC. This is where you can make a difference and promote the Respiratory Care profession. Please write, email, call, or ask to meet directly with your district’s Representative, and discuss your wish for their support. You can find your Senators and Representative at https://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/SC. Respiratory Care providers, students, physicians, patients, caregivers, and supporters/friends can easily send an email or printed letter to the House and Senate via an editable message provided at Capitol Connections via http://capwiz.com/aarc/issues/?style=D.