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Action Alert: National Pain Care Policy Act of 2009!

Posted May 04 2009 5:26pm

I had a long day (journeying to a cousin's baby shower..far, far away). I'm in pain. Alotof pain. But before I drag myself off the couch and make my way to bed, I'd like to talk to you about a crucial piece of pending legislation. Wait..wait..don't go away! I know that last sentence sounded horribly boring and it's entirely probable that you'd prefer to sit in a dentist's chair rather than read about something as boring aslegislation(ick).Butif you're a patient with chronic pain or you have a loved one with chronic pain, this bill applies to you.

I'm talking about the National Pain Care Policy Act of 2009 (H.R. 756) which would require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to convene a conference on pain, conduct a public awareness campaign on pain management and coordinate research programs related to pain.

The bill, which was passed by the House in March, has moved on to the Senate for a vote (thanks to Senators Orrin Hatch and Christopher Dodd). So, what can you and I do to help? Well, we can either write to our senators in support of the billorif we don't have stamps, can't find a pen, don't care for licking envelopes, have a grudge against the postal service or are just plain tired..we can go to this link andsimplyfill in our name and address:

And please, please be one of those super pesky people and email this link to every single person you've ever met. Implore them to fill it out. We need this bill to pass!

(Source: Thanks to Karen Lee Richards of for posting the above link in her article on H.R. 756)

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