Have you participated in our email-writing campaign asking policymakers to ensure patients with pain have access to care?

We’re asking that state and federal officials take steps to:

  • ensure telehealth copays cost no more than in-person visits,
  • exempt patients who are high-risk from required in-person appointments,
  • require insurers to cover 90-day supplies of medications

And more.

It takes just a minute to take participate! Simply click the link below, enter your address information, review the template, and hit send. You’re welcome to make edits to the note–it always helps to add a bit of your personal story.

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Rhode Island is considering legislation, H 7621/S 2544, that would help increase affordable access to medical cannabis.

Why this matters

Rhode Island was one of the first states to legalize medical cannabis for patients with health issues. Unfortunately, because of high costs and other state-imposed restrictions, patients are struggling to access it.

Here are some of the main ways H 7621/S 2544 would improve access:

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Colorado is considering a bill, HB 20-1085, that would help increase affordable access to some types of pain care.

How it helps people with pain

For starters, the bill would require health plans to provide coverage for at least six physical therapy visits and six occupational therapy visits per year, or 12 acupuncture visits, with a maximum of one copayment per year for 12 covered visits. (The acupuncture coverage is dependent on a financial feasibility study.)

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There are two important pieces of legislation related to chronic pain that we need you to take action on.

House Bill 198

HB198 would allow Kentucky pain warriors more affordable access to 20 visits for pain treatments, including many therapies not typically well-covered by insurers (like osteopathic care, chiropractic care, acupuncture, massage, psychotherapy) as well as more standard therapies like pain management, physical therapy, and occupational therapy.

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State legislative sessions across the country are now in full swing! Here are some major trends we’re seeing related to state pain policy, along with opportunities to take action. You can find all of our opportunities to act here. More will be added soon!

Affordable access to multidisciplinary care

An increasing number of states are looking for ways to expand affordable access to multidisciplinary pain management options, like massage, acupuncture, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and chiropractic care.

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Join U.S. Pain Foundation’s Advocacy Network on Wednesday, Feb. 19, at noon EST for this free presentation for volunteers, featuring Kentucky Representative Cherlynn Stevenson.

Attendees will learn about the types of state-based policies being proposed this legislative session – bills that would have a direct impact on the chronic pain community, if turned into law.

We’ll highlight active legislation that’s focused on expanding access to multidisciplinary treatments, provider education, pain medication prescribing, and more.

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Over the years, we’ve heard many stories from pain warriors who wished their health care providers knew more about chronic pain and ways to manage it. This year, New York lawmakers are taking significant steps to benefit the chronic pain community and better support health care professionals either in training or practicing medicine.

Two bills pain warriors can get excited about

Assembly bill 608 and Assembly bill 9067 (S. 7132) focus on enhancing the state’s current provider education requirements, but in different ways.

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There’s a proposed piece of legislation in Kentucky that would require health plans to cover certain therapies used to treat chronic pain.

As currently written, House Bill 198 would allow pain warriors to have access to receive 20 visits for pain treatments provided by a licensed professional.

Why it matters

Pain care, especially integrative therapy options, are not well-covered by Kentucky health plans, leaving individuals like you with limited options to manage your chronic pain condition.

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Iowa State Rep. Tom Moore has proposed legislation that would keep individuals with chronic conditions medically stable on their therapies, without disruption from their insurer.

HF 2089 will be heard before the House Human Resources Subcommittee on Wednesday, Feb. 5. It’s up to Iowan pain warriors to show support for medication stability before and following this hearing!

Why it matters

HF 2089 would require health plans to honor the contract they enter into with enrollees, protecting families and individuals from unnecessary and potentially harmful changes to their medication regimen. Supported by U.S. Pain Foundation, HF 2089 would ensure your health plan maintains coverage if your medication continues to be prescribed by your physician for an ongoing condition and has been covered during the current plan year or a previous year.

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The responsibilities carried out by a caregiver is an invaluable, yet vital role within the lives of chronic pain patients. The informal caregiver often goes unnoticed by communities and policymakers, but Maine is attempting to change that this year.

LD 1919 would provide a refundable income tax credit of up to $2,000 to a taxpayer who personally provides at least 150 hours per year of personal care assistance services for the care and support of an eligible family member or spouse. If you’re a caregiver or pain warrior who supports this legislation, take action today! Your timely response is important, as the Joint Committee on Taxation has scheduled a hearing on Thursday, Feb. 6.

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