Congressional COPD Caucus Campaign
The Congressional COPD Caucus is a bipartisan group of lawmakers working together to actively push for COPD awareness and promote government policies to improve the lives of COPD patients. The greater its membership, the greater its influence in Congress. As of 6/01/07, at least the following 12 Senators and 38 Representatives have joined it.
|AR||Rep. John Boozman||HI||Rep. Neil Abercrombie||ME||Sen. Susan Collins||OH||Rep. Paul Gillmor|
|AR||Rep. Mike Ross||IA||Rep. Leonard Boswell,||MI||Rep. Mike Rogers||OR||Rep. Peter DeFazio|
|AR||Rep. Vic Snyder||IA||Rep. Tom Latham||MI||Rep. Thaddeus McCotter||PA||Rep. Jim Gerlach|
|AR||Sen. Blanche Lincoln||ID||Sen. Mike Crapo||MI||Sen. Debbie Stabenow||PA||Rep. Joe Pitts|
|AZ||Rep. Raul Grijalva||IL||Rep. Ray LaHood||MS||Sen. Thad Cochran||PA||Rep. Todd Platts|
|CA||Rep. Bob Filner||IL||Sen. Richard Durbin||NC||Rep. David Price||RI||Rep. James Langevin|
|CA||Rep. George Radanovich||IN||Rep. Mike Pence||ND||Sen. Byron Dorgan||RI||Rep. Patrick Kennedy|
|CA||Rep. Susan Davis||IN||Sen. Evan Bayh||NJ||Rep. Chris Smith||SD||Sen. Tim Johnson|
|CA||Rep. Zoe Lofgren||IN||Sen. Richard Lugar||NJ||Rep. Robert Andrews||TX||Rep. Gene Green|
|CA||Sen. Diane Feinstein||MA||Rep. Jim McGovern||NY||Rep. Edolphus Towns||WA||Rep. Jim McDermott|
|FL||Rep. Cliff Stearns||MA||Rep. Martin Meehan||NY||Rep. Joseph Crowley||WI||Rep. Ron Kind|
|GA||Rep. John Lewis||MA||Rep. Stephen Lynch||OH||Rep. Dennis Kucinich||WI||Rep. Tammy Baldwin|
|MD||Rep. Chris Van Hollen||OH||Rep. Marcy Kaptur|
If any of your lawmakers have already joined the Caucus, a brief thank you note might be in order. If they haven't, please write them and urge them to join it now. Here's how:
2. Enter your Zip Code and click on "GO".
3. Click on "Federal" in the top box.
4. Click once on the checkmark in front of "George W. Bush, President" (so as not to send the letter to him).
5. As your subject, type or paste in: Please join the Congressional COPD Caucus
6. As your Issue area, select "Health" in the dropdown menu
7. Compose your own message, or paste in the following:
I am a constituent, a patient with COPD/Emphysema, and a member of EFFORTS, an online support group for COPD/ Emphysema patients ( http://www.emphysema.net/ ). We are working to improve our lot and that of millions of other Americans with this disease. As individuals, COPD affects every part of our lives, limiting our ability to work, to sleep, to participate in social and physical activities, to remain independently productive. For our society, it involves huge medical and economic costs, and is now the fourth leading cause of death in the United States.
In 2004, Senators Crapo and Lincoln and Representatives Lewis and Stearns organized the Congressional Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Caucus. It is dedicated to furthering awareness of COPD and promoting policies that will improve the lives of COPD patients, reduce its enormous costs to society, and stem its increasing occurrence in the country. The members of the Congressional COPD Caucus have been and currently are working on things like:
1. Medicare: uniform coverage of full pulmonary rehabilitation throughout the US.
2. FAA: approve use of personal oxygen machines on board commercial aircraft.
3. CDC: expand COPD incidence data and spirometry monitoring data.
If you are already a member of this caucus, I thank you. If you aren't, please contact Senator Crapo’s office (4-6142) for more information and then consider joining it.
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