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A Victory on Pulmonary Rehabilitation in the U.S. House of Representatives!

Earlier today, the House of Representatives passed the Pulmonary and Cardiac Rehabilitation bill as part of a larger Medicare bill.  The final vote was 355 to 59!  The American Lung Association would like to thank you for contacting your Representative and urging him or her to vote YES on this critical legislation.  Congratulations on this amazing victory!

Now, it’s up to the U.S. Senate to act to ensure that all patients have access to pulmonary rehabilitation.  Please take a moment to send a letter to your Senators, urging that they pass this legislation right away.

Every year, millions of Americans suffer from serious lung disease including many older adults who suffer from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). COPD, which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis, is a chronic disease that has been diagnosed in 12.1 million adults. Pulmonary rehabilitation programs are scientifically proven to improve the health and well being of patients with COPD and other lung diseases.

Pulmonary rehabilitation is crucial for many COPD patients. It can help reduce the impact of COPD and greatly improve the patient’s quality of life.  Pulmonary rehabilitation programs have also been shown to reduce health care costs by patients with COPD.

This important legislation will serve the health care needs of millions of Americans who suffer from COPD, helping to vastly improve their quality of life.  Please take a moment to urge your Senators to pass the Pulmonary and Cardiac Rehabilitation Act!