Respiratory Therapists: AARC’s Virtual Lobby Campaign is Now Underway

Tell Congress to Co-Sponsor the BREATHE Act and Protect Patient Access to Liquid Oxygen

As we kick off our 2019 Virtual Lobby Campaign prior to our Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill April 9, we have two important messages for Congressional leaders. Please take action today and help spread the word through April 10!

ASK #1: Co-Sponsor the BREATHE Act; Introduce a Senate Companion Bill

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).

ASK #2: Direct 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.

Take Action Then Spread the Word

Learn more about the campaign and share our Virtual Lobby ready-made graphics on social media. Visit the Virtual Lobby webpage for more information and social media resources.