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					Federal Legislative Issues
              HR 964
 HR 964 Medicare to recogngize RTs to
  provide RT services under the home
  health benefit

 43 Co-sponsors Increase due to PACT
  reps in DC in February
         S 1440 & HR 4824
 To provide Medicare coverage for cardiac
  rehabilitation and pulmonary rehabilitation
  services

 S. 1440 (Senator Crapo)
 17 co-sponsors

 HR 4825(Rep. Pickering and Lewis)
 7 co-sponsors
    Medicare/Medicaid Legislation in
               2006??


   Not too likely
   election year
   short leg year
   just made major cuts to MC/MC
  Will Congress deal on Medicare
             Issues??
 Good and bad
 Bad -no vehicle for our bills
 Good –can’t do more harm
 Administration proposed budget
  calls for $39 billion+ in further cuts
 including going to 13 month
  ownership of O2 equipment, from the
  just enacted 36 month bene
  ownership
COPD Congressional Caucus
 Shines light on pulmonary issues
 Higher profile if issue of pandemic flu
  becomes a reality
RTs and Military Officer Status
 Congressman Ike Skelton (R-MO)
  requests DOD to study issue of RTs
  obtaining officer status.

 Working with other armed services
  members of Congress to push the
  issue.
RTs in the Public Health Service
 Public Health Service Corps Task
  force report to US Surgeon General

 Recommends RTs with Bachelor
  degree and the RRT be commissioned
  Public Health Service Officers
PACT Meeting 2006
 Over 100 RTs came to DC in February
 Over 240 Capitol Hill visits
 Put the face of RT on the Hill

 Joint partnership of AARC and the State
  Societies
 Thank you to the states for funding the
  travel costs
 Thank you to your PACT members for
  taking the time

				
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