The AARC's annual Virtual Lobby Week starts Monday, March 20. Evens will lead up to the the 18th annual Respiratory Therapy Capitol Hill Advocacy Day in Washington, DC, set for April 4.
Information about these events can be found on the AARC's Virtual Lobby Week website.
Three NSRC members visited Nebraska's Congressional representatives during the 2016 Respiratory Therapy Capitol Hill Advocacy Day on April 12.
Nan Nathenson, Lisa Fuchs and Linda Nelson met Sen. Ben Sasse and Congressmen Brad Ashford and Adrian Smith. They also met with Patty Sheetz from Congressman Jeff Fortenberry's office. During their visits, they advocated for HR 2948 The Medicare Telehealth Parity Act (“The Parity Act”).
Virtual Lobby Week begin March 28, prior to our Capitol Hill Visit on April 12. That's when 160 RT’s including patients will ask for support for The Medicare Telehealth Parity Act (H.R 2948).
Please encourage your colleagues -- including RT, nursing, physician, patients, family and friends -- to send electronic letters to Capitol Hill. It only takes a minute. Please also consider using social media to ask for support.
To send your letter
- Go to the Virtual Lobby Week website: https://c.aarc.org/advocacy/lobby_week/
- Click Email members of Congress.
- Click Respiratory Therapists: Support Medicare Telehealth Parity Act.
- Enter your Zip Code. Your Congressional Representative and Senators will appear.
- Scroll down to the Editable Text Letter. Add your own personal message anywhere within the letter (optional).
- Sign your name.
- Enter your sender information.
- Click Send Message.
Every year, the AARC honors a state society with the Summit Award and this year, Nebraska’s goal is to come out on top.
All of these activities or events are recognized through the AARC Summit Award:
- Education/CRCE activities
- Recruiting and retention activities
- Legislation/advocacy events
- Promoting public awareness
- Collaboration with other health care organizations
- Student activities
Due to the ever-increasing costs of doing business in today's world, the AARC Board of Directors has approved an increase in annual membership dues, effective Oct. 1, 2015.
While no one is happy when the cost of something goes up, the AARC is proud that this will be the first increase in membership dues since 2001. They have worked hard to utilize funds efficiently and effectively to keep the cost of membership affordable, and will continue to do so.