Gathering support for RT initiative
Linda Nelson, Jane Matsui and Nan Nathenson traveled to Washington DC as part of the AARC PACT (Political Advocacy Contact Team) to garner support of the Respiratory Therapy Initiative under Medicare Part B, which would allow reimbursement for RT services.
RTs with a bachelor's degree would be able to act as a physician extender in the office, home or assisted living settings.
The bill was "dropped" into the House of Representatives while the team was in D.C. (HR # 941) More support is needed.
RTs can go to the Capitol Connection on the AARC Web site to write letters to their representatives in support of the bill.