Write Your Members of Congress
Members of Congress have introduced bills for the 2017-18 session that would recognize radiologist assistants—Registered Radiologist Assistants (R.R.A.s) and Radiology Practitioner Assistants (RPAs)—under Medicare law. If you’re an R.R.A. or an RPA, we urge you to request support for the bill from your representatives and senators.
The bills’ chances of success increase when more members of Congress co-sponsor them. To help these bills become law, we urgently need to secure as many co-sponsors as possible. That's where we need your help. Emailing your representatives and senators will increase the probability that bills recognizing the radiologist assistant (RA) profession in Medicare law become reality.
As a reminder, here are the steps to email your members of Congress:
- Confirm who represents you in the House of Representatives (search using the box in the upper right corner)
- Confirm who represents you in the Senate (use the state drop-down menu on top)
- Get your ZIP + 4 code if you need it
- Work from a sample letter for representatives
- Work from a sample letter for senators
Copying us on your emails lets us update our Washington lobbyists. It gives them the documentation they need to follow up with your senators and representatives—and demand action.
Letters of Support
Writing your members of Congress will help promote the bills. If you can get a letter of support from your employer, however, that would greatly improve our chances for success this year.
If your employer hasn’t written a letter of support, you could ask someone from your leadership team to write one. We offer sample letters of support for:
If your employer has written and sent a letter of support in previous years, you could ask the writer to consider updating it. This year’s bills are new. Changing the date and bill number would remind your representatives and senators that Congress is considering new RA bills and that you are again asking for support.
Thank you for taking the time to voice your support for RA legislation in Congress.
WE HAVE FEDERAL BILLS INTRODUCED IN BOTH THE HOUSE AND SENATE
S 769 & HR 1904!
On March 29th 2017, Senator Boozman (R-AR) introduced S.769 the Medicare Access to Radiology Care Act of 2017 (MARCA). Representative Olson (R-TX 22) introduced companion bill, HR 1904, on April 5th.
The bill language is the same as the MARCA bill introduced in 2016.
This bill will amend the Social Security Act to include the Radiologist Assistant (including both the RPA and RRA) to recognize radiologist assistants (RAs) and allows Medicare coverage for their services. State law would continue to govern the scope of practice and supervision requirements for RAs, and supervising radiologists would continue to bill and receive payment for RA-performed services.
What can you do to help?
1. Your Congressperson will be in their districts for 2 weeks starting April 10th. Please schedule a meeting to talk to your Congressperson to encourage them to cosponsor the bill. Click here for access to sample letters, leave behinds, issue brief, and other documents.
2. Get letters from your organization asking the Congressperson to cosponsor legislation and have as many people you can find sign the letter.
3. Set up a computer with the ASRT advocacy website and have as many people as you can find from work, school, church, etc. to write letters. State ASRT affiliates can set up a computer at their meeting and have the attendees write letters of support.
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RA language has been added to radiologic technology licensing bills introduced in Idaho, Missouri, and Pennsylvania. I encourage all RPEs living in these states to help push radiologic technology licensing and recognition bills in these states.
The New Jersey General Assembly is considering a resolution to ask that the New Jersey State Board of Medical Examiners adopt regulations authorizing radiologist assistants to practice in the state. Currently RAs may perform imaging procedures authorized by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Radiologic Technology Board of Examiners. However, in order to fully practice, RAs must also have authorization from the Board of Medical Examiners which have not made rules regarding the RA.
This is our year!! Let us make it happen!
Radiology Physician Extenders Survey
The Society of Radiology Physician Extenders is asking for your input on your current employment, duties, and your views on the RPE profession. Please take this quick 5-10 minute survey to tell us about your employment and/or challenges of employment during your time as an RPE.
For a limited time, ARRT will offer Radiology Practitioner Assistants (RPAs) a modified eligibility pathway to earn Registered Radiologist Assistant (R.R.A.) credentials. This pathway will open in the near future and will be available through December 31, 2020.
RPA to R.R.A. Requirements
To earn R.R.A. credentials using the temporary RPA eligibility pathway, you must meet the following requirements by December 31, 2020:
- Be certified as an RPA by the Certification Board for Radiology Practitioner Assistants or have graduated from a Radiology Practitioner Assistant educational program that is based in an educational institution accredited by an ARRT-approved mechanism
- Be certified and registered with ARRT in Radiography
- Have at least one year of acceptable clinical experience in radiography, which must be completed after you’ve earned your ARRT credential in Radiography (Clinical experience may be earned concurrent to a radiologist assistant educational program, but cannot be satisfied by the program)
- Have a baccalaureate degree or graduate degree from an institution accredited by an ARRT-approved mechanism
- Meet ARRT’s ethic’s requirements
- Pass ARRT’s R.R.A. examination
The ARRT Rules and Regulations state that candidates must establish eligibility within five years after completing an educational program (for those completing a program prior to 2013) or within three years after completing an educational program (for those completing a program after 2012). However, we will waive this requirement for those using the temporary RPA eligibility pathway.