Over the last several years, lawmakers have made significant changes to the way that you deliver health care to seniors, without fully understanding the financial, intellectual and physical demands of your profession. To further educate lawmakers on sleep medicine and the challenges you encounter, the AASM has created the Seniors Sleep Pledge.
The Seniors Sleep Pledge will help you build relationships with legislators and strengthen the awareness of sleep medicine issues at the federal level. There are over 10 ways to get involved, including signing template letters to legislators and connecting with legislators through social media. Currently, members who pledge will help AASM pass Seniors Sleep 2014, a bill that would expand the “Welcome to Medicare” initial preventative visit to include sleep apnea screening. The bill will identify individuals with a high pre-test probability of OSA.
Through the Pledge, the AASM secured Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) as a sponsor for Seniors Sleep 2014. We need your help to keep the momentum going. We request that you email Nina Pasha with the message “I pledge to Seniors Sleep” with your preferred contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org. An email will be sent to you with various ways to get involved with this important initiative.