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The advocacy team is working hard everyday on your behalf. If you ever have questions, please reach out!

Shaina Smith
Director of State Advocacy and Alliance Development
shaina@uspainfoundation.org

 

Cindy Steinberg
National Director of Policy and Advocacy
csteinberg@rcn.com

 

Ellen Lenox Smith & Stu Smith
Advocacy Directors for Medicinal Cannabis
ellen@uspainfoundation.org & stu@uspainfoundation.org

 

U.S. Pain takes part in latest NIH Interagency Pain Research Coordinating Committee meeting

New study provides more precise data on chronic pain

Director of State Advocacy speaks on panel about opioids at BIO summit

Advocacy Network launches online training series

Cannabis continues to grow backing among lawmakers

U.S. Pain Director to Serve on Pain Management Design Group

Congress agrees on opioid legislation that will likely pass this week

Congress agrees on major opioid legislation that will likely pass this week

HHS Pain Management Best Practices Task Force holds second meeting

Take action to thank Delaware’s Governor for progressive pain legislation

Take action on Oregon’s Medicaid proposal

New Illinois law protects families from insurance bait-and-switch

California considers medical cannabis research program

Massachusetts passes landmark legislation that includes help for pain patients

Tell Congress: Don’t punish people with pain

Pain warriors unite in speaking out at FDA meeting

States beginning to support reimbursement for alternative care

Schedule a meeting with your elected official this summer

Millions in federal funding earmarked for pain research

A Q&A about national battle over pre-existing conditions with expert and pain ambassador Dania Palanker

How self-advocacy can expand beyond your pain journey

Wrapping up the 2018 state legislative session

The federal government wants to hear from pain patients

U.S. Pain reps take part in first meeting of major pain task force

Advocates rally in Connecticut and Illinois for patient safety

Congress hard at work on major new opioid-related legislation

Two U.S. Pain representatives nominated to major HHS committees

High-level pain management task force accepting public comment

Still time to take action to increase federal pain spending

U.S. Pain outlines recommendations for CMS

Access to medical cannabis continues to expand across the country

Be the squeaky, creaky wheel

Advocate for medical cannabis in your state with a few clicks

What to expect in state legislation in 2018, and how to get involved

Help support a landmark pain research funding bill

U.S. Pain testifies on key bills in MA

U.S. Pain speaks in favor of MA bill to protect pain assessment

U.S. Pain and 31 organizations speak out against repeal of patient access act

Rhode Island embraces chiropractic care to curb substance abuse

Group aims to put patients at center of assessing healthcare value

Director of NIH speaks at top pain policy meeting

New coalition calls for balanced aproach to opioids

Coalition applauds Florida bill to prevent medication interruptions

New York adds protections for patients on biologics

Understanding the new CVS opioid policy

U.S. Pain goes international

Illinois governor signs network transparency bill into law

Despite opposition, CMS to replace pain questions on major survey

Take action to help patients affected by Hurricane Harvey

U.S. Pain Advocacy Network revitalizes national coalition

Speaking out on the ACA repeal

Opioid taxation bills raise concerns

Speaking out on health care reform

Roundtable discusses benefits of abuse-deterrent formularies

CT law to end prohibition on pharmacists sharing cost-saving information

Take action on medical cannabis access

Continuity of care panel raises awareness in Pennsylvania

Understanding the BCRA

NIH releases plan for pain research

Steinberg presents at NIH Pain Consortium Symposium

State advocacy update: biologics & interchangeable biosimilars

“Don’t Switch Me” campaign launches

Telemedicine: Breaking down barriers to care

NPS event provides encouraging update

Take action on proposed changes to pain assessmment survey

Iowa patients celebrate passage of fail first reform bill into law

Future of live-saving health coverage unknown to millions

Update on nonmedical switching efforts

Speaking out on federal issues

Advocating for safer medications at the FDA

Tune in to two key federal pain policy events in May

Nonmedical switching efforts continue

Sharing the stories of patients who rely on biosimilars

U.S. Pain volunteers take swift action at federal level

Responding to the ACA repeal debate

Action needed today on CMS proposal

VA restricts opioids for veterans and military service members

Biosimilars legislation sweeping across the country

Non-medical switching bills announced in three more states

200 patient groups send letter to HHS Secretary

Illinois lawmakers announce bill to enhance consumer safety protections

U.S. Pain Foundation applauds legislation to protect consumer from unfair reductions in prescription coverage

TN Patient & Provider Groups Applaud Legislation to Protect Against Unfair & Unsafe Prescription Coverage Reductions

Migraine and headache patients fight back with Headache on the Hill, Migraine Awareness Month

Learn about the bills U.S. Pain is tracking in your state

Responses needed: take a survey on an unfair insurance tactic

Pain patient rights bill introduced in MA

New York pain patients ring in the New Year with step therapy reform

Shaina Smith presents at Summit on Balanced Pain Management

NY approves medicinal marijuana for chronic pain

21st Century Cures Act becomes law