Wednesday, April 09, 2008

speak out to support national pain care legislation

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In July U.S. Representatives Lois Capps (D-CA) and Mike Rogers (R-MI) introduced the National Pain Care Policy Act (HR 2994) in the U.S. House of Representatives. This bill calls for increased research on pain treatments, training for health care professionals, a pain consortium in the National Institutes of Health, an Institute of Medicine conference on pain care and a public education and awareness campaign.

The following people have signed on as sponsors of the National Pain Care Policy Act. Is your Congressional representative on this list?

Rep Capps, Lois [CA-23] (introduced 7/11/2007)
Rep Allen, Thomas H. [ME-1] - 12/19/2007
Rep Baldwin, Tammy [WI-2] - 9/14/2007
Rep Berman, Howard L. [CA-28] - 12/4/2007
Rep Boucher, Rick [VA-9] - 9/20/2007
Rep Butterfield, G. K. [NC-1] - 11/15/2007
Rep Deal, Nathan [GA-9] - 11/15/2007
Rep DeGette, Diana [CO-1] - 12/11/2007
Rep Gilchrest, Wayne T. [MD-1] - 12/19/2007
Rep Gonzalez, Charles A. [TX-20] - 12/4/2007
Rep Gordon, Bart [TN-6] - 10/23/2007
Rep Green, Gene [TX-29] - 10/31/2007
Rep Grijalva, Raul M. [AZ-7] - 12/4/2007
Rep Hinchey, Maurice D. [NY-22] - 10/23/2007
Rep Hooley, Darlene [OR-5] - 1/16/2008
Rep Kennedy, Patrick J. [RI-1] - 10/4/2007
Rep Kildee, Dale E. [MI-5] - 11/15/2007
Rep Latham, Tom [IA-4] - 12/19/2007
Rep Lofgren, Zoe [CA-16] - 10/31/2007
Rep Markey, Edward J. [MA-7] - 12/4/2007
Rep Marshall, Jim [GA-8] - 10/23/2007
Rep Murtha, John P. [PA-12] - 12/4/2007
Rep Platts, Todd Russell [PA-19] - 12/4/2007
Rep Rahall, Nick J., II [WV-3] - 12/4/2007
Rep Rogers, Mike J. [MI-8] - 7/11/2007
Rep Ross, Mike [AR-4] - 1/16/2008
Rep Rothman, Steven R. [NJ-9] - 1/16/2008
Rep Rush, Bobby L. [IL-1] - 11/15/2007
Rep Schakowsky, Janice D. [IL-9] - 10/10/2007
Rep Shea-Porter, Carol [NH-1] - 3/4/2008
Rep Solis, Hilda L. [CA-32] - 12/6/2007
Rep Stupak, Bart [MI-1] - 9/20/2007
Rep Tiberi, Patrick J. [OH-12] - 12/11/2007
Rep Towns, Edolphus [NY-10] - 12/6/2007
Rep Upton, Fred [MI-6] - 10/10/2007
Rep Walberg, Timothy [MI-7] - 10/4/2007
Rep Wexler, Robert [FL-19] - 1/28/2008
Rep Wynn, Albert Russell [MD-4] - 12/19/2007

If not, please support this bill by writing and asking your representative to sponsor and advocate passage of the proposed law.

If you're not sure who your representative is, you can search here:

You can easily write your Congressional delegation about this legislation and other similar bills by visiting the American Pain Foundation website: Latest National Pain Legislation. I wrote my representative months ago about this, but he hasn't signed on as a sponsor, so I'm writing him again.

As with the other issue alerts I share with my readers, these provide form letters that you can customize with your own thoughts and automatically send your letters to your leaders for you. It takes next to no time, but together our collective voices can have a huge impact in supporting pain care advocacy efforts.

If your representative is listed above, consider writing a letter of thanks for supporting this important cause.

HR 2994: General Info
HR 2994: Text of Legislation

Related Posts:
National Pain Care Policy Act of 2007
Pick Up the Phone! Support Pain Care Legislation
Call to Action: Pain Care for Veterans

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