Advocacy Network

Every day, a variety of bills that directly affect people living with chronic pain are considered at the state and federal level.

We must work together and take action on these issues to ensure our voices are heard.

 
Become an advocateAdvocacy toolkit Current engagements Latest news

Become an advocate

Our advocacy program is tailored to our community, which means we completely understand if you have limited time and energy. We’re delighted with however much time you can give—even if it’s just five minutes a week! We work hard to ensure your volunteer experience is as positive, fun, and rewarding as possible.

Examples of advocate efforts:

  • Pen op-eds and letters to the editor about issues affecting those with chronic pain
  • Share your pain warrior story with policymakers through emails, calls, and even in-person meetings
  • Testify for or against bills and policies at the state and federal level
  • Participate in lobby days on behalf of U.S. Pain

This is only a quick glimpse into the possibilities for volunteering with U.S. Pain  — whatever your interests and abilities, there’s an opportunity for you!

To become an advocate, click here and submit your email. We’ll send you an application link!

Advocacy toolkit

Once you sign up as an advocate, you will receive a password to access the advocacy toolkit, which has resources to help you to maximize your impact on policy. If you already are an advocate and haven’t received the password, email shaina@uspainfoundation.org.

Resources in the toolkit include:

  • Ways to advocate
  • Key issues reference sheet
  • Information on calling, emailing, and meeting with legislators
  • Tips on writing op-eds and letters to the editor
  • Media policy

And more!

Access the advocate toolkit!

Current engagements

Below are all current engagements at the state and federal level.

Latest advocacy news

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