I have chronic pain and have had since I lost my leg and injured my back in Vietnam in 1968. Now nearly 50 years later it has gotten worst with advanced age. In the last few years I started using strong pain medicine and now the powers that be want to shut it off unless your a cancer suffer. Even though many opioid users who follow their doctors advise do well and lead near normal lives. So I would like to open up discussion on the politics of pain if it is allowed?
I just received a notice from the pain news network (Painnewsnetwork.org) that the CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) is about to close public comment for citizens on payment for opioid type medicine through Medicare and Medicaid. If their proposal is approved they will restrict payment for pain medicine (opioid) to a small amount that needs to be renewed every few days. The Comments close March 6th and any citizen or concerned person may submit their comments.
For more detailed information please check the Pain News Network (painnewsnetwork.org) February 19, 2018 a post written by Richard Lawhern who provides a lot more information than I can.
You can write direct to regulations.gov (www.regulation.gov) look for Docket ID: CMS-2017-0163 . In the search box at the top of the page fill in the docket ID which should take you to the page with two requests for comment. I believe the one calling for payment is most important but you can comment on both. IMPORTANT make comments by the end of March 5, 2018. Just tell them how this will effect you or your family, of course family and friends can comment also. In addition contact you elected officials on the federal level and state level. Their office address and phone number is in the phone book or you can Google them and send an email. I did an internship in a congressional office and I know that they give more weight to letters sent through the mail but all comments make an impact so phone, email or write to make an impact. The pain news network article provides a direct link to make comments.
There are many sites that have formed to provide information about pain so if you wish to do something I recommend you get in contact with them to find out more information on opioid regulations.
I realize that most people come to this site for support, but if you would like to do more to lobby for change to opioid regulation then maybe we can bring up information on this site also. One of the things that counselors and Social Workers do is advocate for people, so as a Social Worker I have done some of this. 19lin
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