Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.

John F. Kennedy

The Telemedicine Enhancement Act

The wait is over! The Medicare Telehealth Parity Act has been re-introduced in Congress with the bill number H.R. 2948.

This past spring over 120 respiratory therapists from around the country, including those who represent the Political Advocacy Contact Team (PACT) from your state, descended on Washington D.C. These respiratory therapists came to lobby their members of Congress to support the re-introduction of the Medicare Telehealth Parity Act.

In order to make sure that Members of Congress know that the respiratory care profession still supports the bill and, more importantly, that respiratory therapists want their own Representatives to co-sponsor H.R. 2948, we’re relaunching our Virtual Lobby Week set for July 17–26. More than 20,000 messages were sent to Congress earlier and we want to exceed that number now that the bill has been reintroduced.

H.R. 2948 expands opportunities for Medicare beneficiaries who suffer from pulmonary disease by 1) covering respiratory services when furnished via an interactive telecommunications system, 2) including an individual’s home as a telehealth site, and 3) naming respiratory therapists as qualified telehealth professionals. The latter is most important because it will add respiratory therapists to the Medicare statute, a long-time goal of the AARC. The bill also covers remote patient monitoring for patients with certain chronic conditions that include COPD when furnished as part of chronic care management services.

In order for H.R. 2948, the Medicare Telehealth Parity Act to gain the co-sponsors necessary to move forward through the legislative process, your State Representatives need to hear from you, the voter, that you want him or her to co-sponsor H.R. 2948. You can also ask your Senators to support introduction of a Senate companion bill. To help you achieve these goals, the AARC is rebooting our successful Virtual Lobby Week from July 17 through July 26.

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Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.

Henry Ford

The Telemedicine Enhancement Act

The wait is over! The Medicare Telehealth Parity Act has been re-introduced in Congress with the bill number H.R. 2948.

Last April over 120 respiratory therapists from around the country, including those who represent the Political Advocacy Contact Team (PACT) from your state, descended on Washington D.C. These respiratory therapists came to lobby their members of Congress to support the re-introduction of the Medicare Telehealth Parity Act.

In order to make sure that Members of Congress know that the respiratory care profession still supports the bill and, more importantly, that respiratory therapists want their own Representatives to co-sponsor H.R. 2948, we’re relaunching our Virtual Lobby Week set for July 17–26. More than 20,000 messages were sent to Congress earlier and we want to exceed that number now that the bill has been reintroduced.

H.R. 2948 expands opportunities for Medicare beneficiaries who suffer from pulmonary disease by 1) covering respiratory services when furnished via an interactive telecommunications system, 2) including an individual’s home as a telehealth site, and 3) naming respiratory therapists as qualified telehealth professionals. The latter is most important because it will add respiratory therapists to the Medicare statute, a long-time goal of the AARC. The bill also covers remote patient monitoring for patients with certain chronic conditions that include COPD when furnished as part of chronic care management services.

In order for H.R. 2948, the Medicare Telehealth Parity Act to gain the co-sponsors necessary to move forward through the legislative process, your State Representatives need to hear from you, the voter, that you want him or her to co-sponsor H.R. 2948. You can also ask your Senators to support introduction of a Senate companion bill. To help you achieve these goals, the AARC is rebooting our successful Virtual Lobby Week from March 28 through April 8.

Quote: Henry Ford. (n.d.). BrainyQuote.com. Retrieved October 10, 2015, from BrainyQuote.com Web site: http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/h/henryford121997.html?src=t_working_together
Join us in protecting our patients by amending H4067 (previously H2001).

The MSRC's Governmental Committee is looking for help by writing to your state representatives regarding H4067 (previously H2001). This bill if passed will allow healthcare workers like home health and hospice aides to administer inhaled medications. The MSRC is committed in protecting our patients, and this bill if passed will allow people who are potentially untrained or undertrained in administering medications that are already difficult to administer. 


Join us for the 2015 Virtual Lobby Day. You can do this by clicking on the link below.

The MSRC's Political Advocacy Contact Team (PACT) participates yearly in the promotion of various bills and other issues facing respiratory therapists. The MSRC PACT Team with representatives from almost every other state and Puerto Rico participate in meetings with out local governmental representatives. Want to help? Learn more below on how you can help promote your profession without having to travel to Washington DC.