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Advocacy Alert: 01/24/2005
The National Pain Care Policy Act (H.R.
1863) is the most comprehensive pain care bill ever introduced in Congress.
Representative Mike Rogers (MI-8) is the bill’s sponsor; 42 other members of
Congress have signed on in support. The bill was referred to committee, but
stalled there. The American Pain Foundation and Partners for Understanding Pain
are working with Rep. Rogers to get the bill moving again. They will be meeting
with Rep. Rogers on Wednesday, Jan. 26. Americans concerned about the lack of
and/or access to treatment for pain should contact their representatives to
express their support for this bill. Copies of these messages will be delivered
to Rep. Rogers as well, impressing upon him the need for his continued
leadership on this important bill. A few key details
of the bill are provided below; you can read the entire bill at
The CFIDS Association of America supports this bill and
invites you to use the Grassroots Action Center to contact your representative.
www.cfids.org and click on the Capitol
Follow the easy prompts from there. You’ll find a sample letter that you can use
as-is or customize to reflect your own perspective. We’ll track letters sent
through our website and report back to the American Pain Foundation and the
Partners for Understanding Pain to aid their efforts.
Thanks for supporting the Association and expressing your
concern about the appropriate care for those with chronic pain.
K. Kimberly McCleary
President & CEO
The CFIDS Association of
P.S. The federal Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Advisory Committee
met on January 10, 2005 in Washington, D.C. Read our meeting report at
Readers of our free online e-newsletter, CFIDS Link, received this report two
days after the meeting. To sign up for this monthly news source, simply complete
the form at
H.R. 1863 (108th Congress) – National Pain Care Policy
A bill to declare adequate pain care research, education, and
treatment as national public health priorities, and for other purposes.
This bill calls for:
A White House Conference on Pain Care
National Center for Pain and Palliative Care
Pain care education and training
Public awareness campaign about pain management
Pain care initiative in military health care
Pain care standards in Medicare+Choice plans
Pain care standards in TRICARE plans
Annual report on Medicare expenditures for pain care
Pain care initiative in veterans’ health care facilities