Take Action! Educate Your Member of Congress About Celiac Disease
Posted May 18 2009 12:06am
On the heels of the proclamation by New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch establishing May as celiac awareness month for that state, I just got another fantastic email from the American Celiac Disease Alliance asking all of us to take action by writing to our Members of Congress to ask them to pass ' National Celiac Awareness' legislation.
Rep. Nita Lowey of New York introduced the resolution, which if passed, would serve as an educational tool for Members of Congress and their staffs to learn about celiac disease. The resolution would set the stage for more difficult issues we know are coming in the near future such as banning insurance companies from denying patients coverage because of chronic diseases or pre-existing conditions, as well as lobbying for insurance to reimburse dietitians for nutritional counseling services.
Celiac Disease Awareness Month (May) begins in just a few days. To honor the needs of the celiac community this month, please take just a few minutes to send a quick letter to your Member of Congress to educate them about celiac disease and the many concerns we have as a community. The ACDA has already drafted a great letter, but be sure to add your own personal touch to it! Add in a story of getting diagnosed or something personal to help you Member of Congress learn more about you.
Send a letter now! Simply visit the ACDA website and visit the Advocacy Center! In just a few minutes you' ll have played a large role in helping advance the needs of the celiac community.