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Please Ask Your Federal Senator to Support Our Appropriations Budget Report Requests

Please Note: This alert is only for these eight states: AL, CT, HI, IN, KS, NH, RI, WVA

Our requests are:

1) For Congress to allocate $2M to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to collect, analyze and report annually on population health data on chronic pain.

An estimated 50 million Americans adults have chronic pain, making it a highly prevalent, costly and disabling health condition. Yet, despite its pervasiveness, who is affected, the extent of resulting disability, the nature and accessibility of effective pain management, and related costs all remain largely unknown to policy makers and the broader public.  We simply do not collect, analyze and report this data on a regular basis making it easy to ignore this problem.  Without this data how can we design solutions and determine whether any interventions are effective?  We must as a nation begin to report this information.

2) For Congress to urge HHS to disseminate the Pain Management Best Practices Task Force Report to the nation’s PCP’s and to launch a public awareness campaign about the differences between acute and chronic pain.

Congress asked the HHS Secretary to appoint a Task Force of the nation’s foremost experts in pain management to recommend best practices, identify gaps and make recommendations to address these gaps.  The Task Force completed its recommendations in 2019 and its report was lauded and endorsed by over 160 healthcare organizations.  The report recommends an individualized, multidisciplinary approach to managing acute and chronic pain and identified a broad range of treatment options. However, the report has never been disseminated to the nation’s PCP’s and pain management policies and educational tools have never been updated across federal agencies.

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