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RheumPAC FAQ's

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What is a PAC?

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A political action committee is a group or legal entity formed to raise and contribute money to the campaigns of candidates whom they support. PACs are regulated by the Federal Election Commission.

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What is RheumPAC?

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RheumPAC is a political action committee dedicated to increasing the ACR's presence on Capitol Hill. RheumPAC began in 2007 with the purpose of supporting the ACR in its efforts to build contacts, influence and visibility within Washington, D.C. RheumPAC increases the ACR's access to members of Congress and the opportunity to educate them on issues of importance to rheumatology.

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What issues does RheumPAC focus on?

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RheumPAC focuses on the ACR's top public policy priorities which include:

  • Appropriate reimbursement for specialty care through reinstatement of consultation codes

  • A permanent repeal of the SGR formula

  • Increased funding for arthritis research

  • Improvements to the health care law

  • Funding of the pediatric loan repayment program

  • Tier IV pricing

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Who receives RheumPAC funds?

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RheumPAC is non-partisan and therefore, gives to candidates in all political parties. A candidate's party affiliation is not taken into account when determining a contribution. The primary criteria used to determine RheumPAC support for a member of Congress are as follows:

  • The candidate supports rheumatology related issues, and

  • The candidate holds a leadership position or key committee assignment, or

  • The candidate was recommended by an ACR or ARHP member

To recommend a federal candidate for RheumPAC support, please click here.

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Who approves RheumPAC contributions?

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The RheumPAC committee consists of nine ACR and ARHP members. Each committee member serves a three year term. All contributions made to candidates are researched, discussed and voted on by the RheumPAC committee with guidance from ACR staff.

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Why should I donate to RheumPAC?

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Like it or not, what the government does and doesn't do has a direct impact on the way you run your practice and are paid for your services. RheumPAC assists the ACR in its advocacy efforts by providing more opportunities to meet with members of Congress and educate them on rheumatology related issues. Supporting candidates fosters relationships and ensures the ACR is in the game when discussing important health care issues. All rheumatology professionals benefit when the ACR is involved. RheumPAC makes these opportunities possible.

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How can I contribute to RheumPAC?

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You can download a contribution form and mail in a personal check, contribute online or contribute when you renew your ACR or ARHP membership. The suggested contribution amount is $250 but any contribution, big or small, makes a difference. Do your part and donate today.

If you have any questions about RheumPAC, please contact Katie Jones 404-633-3777.

RheumPAC provides the ACR an opportunity to support candidates who support rheumatology.

For a recap of RheumPAC's actions in 2011, please review the 2011 RheumPAC Annual Report.