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Petition to United States Department of Transportation, President of the United States, FAA, United States Department of Labor, United States State Department

COVID-19 Exemption Request for On Board Couriers World Wide

OBC  Covid-19 Testing Exemption or Modification Request Petition Authored by:Raymond Taber The issue is that OBC or On-Board Couriers, Independent  contractors, will be detrimentally delayed due to Covid-19 testing requirements. Restrictions based on time and locations. Couriers often pickup assets from manufacturing locations, where screenings are done on all who enter the properties, then head to the airport and are often health screened before entry into airport. Get checked in and proceed through airport security. Once through security, the head to the gate, while wearing face-masks this whole time, then hopefully make it to board an aircraft on time. Airline employees are exempt from the 72-hour time test guidelines for entry into or out of countries or have significant resources available to them for testing.On board couriers that provide the critical essential services for industries including aviation parts, for aircraft on ground status and critically needed items for aircraft manufacturing. Also providing critical emergency services of escorting medical equipment and supplies to areas that need the assets and materials to provide and keep a high-level quality of health care services for their communities. Provide courier services of critical components for the automotive ground transportation industry to keep emergency first responders vehicles and support vehicles for all industries in proper operational service at all times.The current restrictions in place will severely impede and significantly will reduce ability to keep these items in transit and increase the operating costs of all these industries.It is requested to have an exemption made for hired courier contractors to continue the services contracted by licensed brokers and to encourage brokers to provide a letter or notification to the airlines that the contractor is exempt either entirely or at minimum a week in between a PCR testing session for Covid-19. It is also requested that OBC IC be categorized as a priority in receiving vaccinations for Covid-19 and any other required vaccinations in order to render services as previously mentioned above.

Raymond Taber
258 supporters
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Petition to United States Department of Health and Human Services, Jeff Merkley, Ron Wyden, Earl Blumenauer, Rachel Prusak, Suzanne Bonamici, Kate Brown, Peter DeFazio, Kurt Schrader

"X the X waiver" for APRNs and PAs too! Let us save lives!

We are US Health Care Workers: Nurses (RNs), Physicians (MDs/DOs), Physician Assistants (PAs), and Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) including Nurse Practitioners, Midwives, Nurse Anesthetists and Clinical Nurse Specialists. We are especially committed to the compassionate treatment of persons with opioid use disorder in our country where 67,367 people died from drug overdose in 2018.    While there is great promise in the January 15th, 2021 HHS announcement stating physicians will no longer be required to complete additional “X-waiver” training in order to prescribe medication containing buprenorphine, we are disappointed that this does not extend to ALL clinicians eligible to prescribe this life-saving treatment. The elimination of this time-consuming and unnecessary obstacle in fighting our country’s opioid epidemic is monumental, but it also excludes two groups of qualified frontline practitioners.   For more than 50 years, PAs and APRNs have provided primary, acute, and specialty healthcare services by diagnosing, treating, and prescribing medications. Since PAs and APRNs were first given authorization to prescribe buprenorphine in 2016 they have made great progress in increasing access to medication. APRNs and PAs were the first X-waivered clinicians in 285 rural counties covering 5.7 million residents.   As of 2018, less than 5% of all eligible US clinicians had completed the requirements to obtain an X-waiver. Furthermore, while there are fewer waivered clinicians per capita working in the rural areas that APRNs and PAs are most likely to serve, PAs and APRNs have been primarily responsible for managing buprenorphine there. Without question, buprenorphine treatment (and in turn, HIV and Hepatitis C prevention) in rural areas cannot succeed or grow without empowering PAs and APRNs.   PAs and APRNs are clinical leaders in America’s interprofessional healthcare system. It is critical that DHHS grants APRNs and PAs the same exemption from X-waiver training as physicians.    Thank you in advance for your respectful consideration and support.   Sincerely,  Ben Colburn, MD-Family Physician Laurel Hallock Koppelman, DNP, FNP-C, APRN-Nurse Practitioner Shelby Lee Freed, MSN, FNP-BC-Nurse Practitioner Richard Bottner, DHA, PA-C-Physician Assistant   Additional Groups supporting this petition:  Nurse Practitioners of Oregon     

Laurel Hallock Koppelman
310 supporters