Federal charter honoring Remote Area Medical introduced by U.S. Congressman

ROCKFORD, TN (April 10, 2018) – A bill recognizing Remote Area Medical (RAM) as a federally chartered organization has been introduced by Congressman John Duncan, Jr. Receiving a federal charter is a great honor for an organization, and RAM is very grateful for the opportunity to be recognized in this way.

“Receiving a Federal charter from U.S. Congress would be of tremendous assistance to RAM and our mission of providing free, quality healthcare to people in need.  It has the potential to expose our work to entirely new audiences,” says RAM Founder & President, Stan Brock.  

If a majority of the members of Congress vote in favor of this bill, Remote Area Medical will become a federally recognized organization and join the ranks of more than 90 other high-profile organizations that have been similarly recognized, including the American Red Cross, Big Brothers—Big Sisters of America, Boy Scouts of America, the National Park Foundation, Future Farmers of America, and Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Congressman Duncan has also introduced a bill that, if passed, would aid RAM and other humanitarian organizations in recruiting volunteer health care professionals with out-of-state licenses. Titled The Healthier Act of 2017, the bill calls on the Secretary of Health and Human Services to establish a two-year grant program for all fifty states that would provide grant money for states that pass laws allowing out-of-state health care providers to offer services on a volunteer basis. In 1995, the State of Tennessee passed the Volunteer Healthcare Services Act of 1995 to become the first state in the nation to allow medical and dental practitioners with out-of-state licenses to provide care to those in need. Since then, 11 other states have enacted similar legislation.

Please show your support for Remote Area Medical’s Federal charter and The Healthier Act of 2017 by contacting your local state representative today!  You can obtain contact information for your local representative by visiting www.usa.gov/elected-officials 

About Remote Area Medical: RAM is a major non-profit organization that operates mobile medical clinics delivering free, high-quality, dental, vision, and medical services to underserved and uninsured individuals who do not have access to or cannot afford a doctor. RAM’s Corps of more than 120,000 Humanitarian Volunteers is comprised of licensed dental, vision, and medical professionals who have treated more than 740,000 women, men, and children delivering $120 million worth of free health care services. Last year, RAM held clinics in Tennessee, California, Georgia, Florida, West Virginia, Virginia, New York, Texas, Oklahoma, Nevada, Maryland, Puerto Rico, India, Haiti, and the Philippines. Upcoming clinic locations include New Mexico, Ohio, and Tennessee. 

CONTACT: Robert Lambert
EMAIL: RobertL@ramusa.org
OFFICE: (865) 862-5907
CELL: (540) 815-7934

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