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Ukiah Home Oxygen Therapy Patients and Physicians Meet with Congressman Mike Thompson to Share Benefits of Quality Home Oxygen Care
Date:3/26/2008

Home Oxygen Community Praises Congressman for Formally Opposing Deep Cuts to Medicare's Home Oxygen Benefit

UKIAH, Calif., March 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Pacific Pulmonary Services - Ukiah Center, a provider of home oxygen and respiratory therapy equipment and services to more than 200 patients in Ukiah and the surrounding areas, today welcomed Representative Mike Thompson (CA-1st) to meet with patients, physicians and technicians to discuss the benefits of home oxygen therapy. The Medicare home oxygen benefit allows approximately 1.4 million patients nationwide to maintain independence and an improved quality of life by remaining at home instead of being required to relocate to expensive institutional settings for treatment. On hand to meet with Congressman Thompson and share his personal experience with home oxygen therapy was patient Mr. Arthur Kilgore of Ukiah as well as physicians, technicians and other members of the home oxygen community.

"Visiting Pacific Pulmonary and meeting patients like Mr. Kilgore brings home the importance of these life-giving services in our community," said Congressman Thompson. "We must do more to ensure these services are accessible and affordable to those who need them, and I'll continue to voice that concern in Congress."

Pacific Pulmonary Services (PPS) applauds the leadership Congressman Thompson demonstrated by recently signing a letter to the House Committee on Budget voicing bi-partisan opposition to reductions in this critical benefit. The letter, signed by 32 members of the U.S. House states, "We believe that further payment reductions this year, coming on top of several recent cuts and an estimated 20 percent reduction that will take effect over the next several months under current law, could jeopardize care for some patients and make benefit reform much more difficult to achieve in the future."

"The respiratory care community thanks Rep. Thompson for his efforts to prevent
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