Here is a wonderful update post fromShaina Smith with U.S. Pain Foundation regarding the Annual Pain Awareness Month and even gives us a video look into just some of who it is that puts together this amazing blog for us, Pain Warriors. Here is her post.
That’s how much time we have left for Pain Awareness Month
This September has been an incredible month for the pain community! We have been blown away by the participation rate, the number of volunteers who have taken on one of our initiatives during Pain Awareness Month and the generosity that has unfolded all around us. Thank you.
This year we started a video series that takes a closer look at the U.S. Pain team members. The intent is to highlight their bravery, passion and heroism, despite their invisible, chronic pain conditions. We are truly an organization created by people with pain by people with pain. More videos are on the way, but here are a few to get you started!
Getting to know:
As you know, the nation will soon be
preparing to watch the first Presidential debate between Hilllary Clinton and Donald Trump. The pain community will be learning of their visions on the future of our healthcare. That’s why we are asking you to tweet both candidates, urging them to stand with us, the pain patients and caregivers and protect patient access by stopping the Medicare Part B demo.
Authorize your Twitter account by entering your contact information to tweet the Presidential candidates. Tweets will surround message that supports patient access to the treatments we all deserve and many need.
We learned that activity began again around S1313, but we will know more as to next steps in the upcoming days. We wanted to put this bill on your radar in the event that we ask for your help in the near future so, stay tuned!
ABOUT THIS BILL: S1313 mandates insurance coverage for opioid medications with abuse-deterrent properties. Abuse-deterrent properties mean that the medication cannot be physically manipulated, and thus cannot be snorted or injected. The bill requires health insurers to provide coverage for at least one abuse-deterrent opioid per opioid category, subject to various provisions. The full text of the bill is here.
WHY WE SUPPORT IT: U.S. Pain believes that abuse-deterrent versions of opioids are a helpful way to reduce abuse while preserving access to opioids for pain patients. But in order to be successful, abuse-deterrent opioids need to be affordable, which means they must be covered by insurance. Read more about our position here.
Thank you all at U.S Pain Foundation for all the very useful information in all of your post, events, shows and more. Every post I find a piece of informative information which is passed on to my blogs, Facebook and Twitter followers. Keep it coming and I will keep reading.
Certified Caregiving Consultant