Neurologists provide specialized, coordinated, and often life-long care for patients with disabling headache disorders including migraine and chronic daily headache. Neurologists also provide comparable care for patients with other major and costly diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, stroke, ALS, epilepsy, MS, peripheral neuropathy, fibromyalgia, and traumatic brain injury (TBI).
The recent health care reform act, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), provides incentives to encourage primary care but failed to include neurologists among the eligible health care providers. This omission could worsen the shortage of headache specialist physicians.
The Alliance for Headache Disorder Advocacy believes that this issue is vital to preserving headache patient access to neurologists. We have joined 19 other national neurology patient-oriented advocacy groups in urging Congress to resolve this problem immediately.
On Tuesday, September 21, your US House member on Capitol Hill received a letter from Congressmen Michael Burgess (R-TX) and Russ Carnahan (D-MO) asking for support on including neurology in the ACA primary care incentive.
Please contact your US Representative and ask him or her to sign the Burgess/Carnahan letter! Follow the link to send an email message to your US representative as soon as possible.
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