Lisa Fuchs and Linda Nelson from the NSRC, above, joined other AARC members in Washington, D.C. for PACT 2019. Below, Linda with with Rep. Adrian Smith, R-NE.
On May 2 Rep. Michael Thompson, D-CA, introduced HR 2508 with three other co-sponsors (Rep. Cox D-CA, Rep. Carter R-GA and Rep. Kelly R-GA). On May 10, another co-sponsor was added: a Republican from PA. So before the VLC Reboot, we had a sponsor and four co-sponsors, according to Lisa Fuchs, NSRC President.
VLC Reboot officially ended at 11:59 PM on May 23. Over the 10 days of the campaign, we added seven co-sponsors that have been published as of May 23, and know of others that once published will be considered achieved by this campaign. "To date that means we have the sponsor and 11 co-sponsors, all of which were achieved not only through the work of our PACT Hill Day, but the follow-up with our VLC Reboot and the 5,068 people who took the time to advocate and send 19,020 messages to Congress!" Fuchs said.
The AARC's 2018 Vitrual Lobby Campain kicked off today and runs through May 2. During this time, the AARC will work to get Congressional support a telehealth pilot focused solely on respiratory therapists (RT) as telehealth practitioners.
"This program will give us the chance to gather information on both the health impact and costs associated with these services," according to the AARC's Virtual Lobby program. "It will also provide a platform to demonstrate the expertise RTs bring to the health care system and their patients. We’ve already received positive feedback from key telehealth proponents about the pilot."
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”).