H.R. 2508 BREATHE Act
Officially known as the Better Respiration through Expanding Access to Tele-Health Act, will support a three-year pilot project allowing qualified respiratory therapists (RTs) to serve as telehealth practitioners to deliver disease management services to Medicare beneficiaries with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).
The AARC urges respiratory therapists and their supporters to contact their House members May 14-23 and ask them to co-sponsor this vital legislation. (Campaign action center opens May 14.)
We would like everyone to contact their Senators and ask them to introduce companion legislation.
Spread the word
You'll find great resources and tools to help you easily share your support for the BREATHE Act with your legislators on our Lobby Campaign webpage, including direct and easy access to sending emails, messages, and social media posts, as well as calling your representatives.
The AARC Lobby Campaign webpage is now live. Check out the site and send your messages about why you believe the BREATHE Act is important to the care and treatment of your patients with COPD today.
May 20 reach your Congressional Leaders via Twitter. Twitter is a highly influential tool for persuading Congressional leaders on legislation, so spread the word to your coworkers and friends that May 20 we will flood Twitter with our message! By sending mass 'blasts' of messages to our congressional leaders we can have our voice heard loud and clear.
As you help spread this message, tag the AARC (@aarc_tweets on Twitter or @aarc.org for Facebook) and include #HR2508, #breathingmatters, #aarclobby, and #telehealth in your posts.
Your voice matters
You are the voice of respiratory care and we need all of your voices to be heard to ensure the success of this legislation.