Do your members of Congress know what it is like to live with pulmonary hypertension (PH)? As a patient, caregiver, or health care professional treating PH, no one can tell that story like you can! Today is the day to take a stand and be heard. Join the Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA) today during Pulmonary Hypertension Awareness Month’s Day of Action Nov. 7 to ask your elected officials to help protect the right to financial assistance and lower out-of-pocket costs for PH medications. PHA makes it easy by providing prepared messages and help finding your elected officials.

Become an advocate for the PH community and visit PHA’s Advocacy Action Center to get the tools you need to educate your elected officials about PH. Also, after today is over, the PHight continues with an organized support for the Safe Step Act on Nov. 13, with another call for action. More than a dozen patient organizations are teaming up on Nov. 13 to build Congressional support for the Safe Step Act. This important bill protects patients from being forced to try a less-expensive therapy before getting the one their doctors prescribed.

Leaders in the United States Senate introduced the bipartisan Safe Step Act of 2019 (S. 2546), where legislation would place reasonable limits on step therapy, a troubling practice that requires patients to try — and fail — treatments preferred by their insurance company and pharmacy benefits manager before a doctor-prescribed option can be approved.

Use PHA’s template message to call or email your Members of Congress and ask them to co-sponsor the Safe Step Act.

Also, remember to check back throughout the year to make your voice heard on legislation and regulation that impacts the PH community. To learn how you can act now, visit phassociation.org/advocate/.