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August 2017

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  • A FREE Program for Military Veterans with Chronic Pain
  • Ventura County CRPS and Chronic Pain Support Group
  • Tucson Pain Connection Chronic Pain Support Group
  • Afternoon Pain Connection Live Conference Calls
  • U.S. Pain Foundation/Marfan Foundation
  • Evening Pain Connection Live Conference Calls
  • The DMV (District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia) Pain Connection Support Group
  • Middlesex County Support Group in CT
  • Afternoon Pain Connection Live Conference Calls

U.S. Pain in the News 


INvisible Project: An interview with Nicole Hemmenway
June 8
Features Nicole Hemmenway, vice president of U.S. Pain

Let’s eliminate the pharmaceutical ‘gag order’ that costs patients money
CT Mirror
May 31
Op-ed by Shaina Smith, director of State Advocacy and Alliance Development

Yankees honor charitable teen on fifth day of HOPE week
Newsday, May 26
Highlights Tyler Cashman and Points for Pain. Also featured here: Tewksbury teen honored by YankeesHOPE Week concludes with Points for Pain; and Yankees honor teen for efforts to raise awareness about pain

New York must further expand its medical marijuana program
May 25
Op-ed by Elleon Lenox Smith, director of Medical Cannabis program

Healthcare reform must end interference in the doctor-patient relationship
Washington Examiner
May 22
Op-ed by pain ambassador Lynn Julian Crisci

Iowa governor signs fail first bill into law
National Pain Report
May 12
U.S. Pain press release

Using over-the-counter analgesics safely: What patients don’t but should know
May 4
Commentary related to U.S. Pain OTC study

Doctors, lawmakers urge alternatives to painkillers
Gloucester Times
March 26
Quotes Cindy Steinberg

Reluctance from New Mexico Lawmakers to Pass Step Therapy (Fail First) Bill Once Again Poses Health Implications for Chronic Pain Patients
National Pain Report
March 23
Article by Shaina Smith

Tewksbury Fine Wines & Spirits sponsoring ‘Taste of Tewksbury’ on March 25
March 15, 2017
Regarding U.S. Pain-related fundraiser

The California Doctors Who Found a Way to Quit Overprescribing Opioids
The Atlantic
March 8, 2017
Quotes Paul Gileno

Proposed NJ opioid solution is only a Band-Aid
Feb. 13, 2017
Op-ed by Shaina Smith

With Gratitude From a Pain Ambassador
National Pain Report
Feb. 11, 2017
Written by ambassador Suzanne Stewart

Rep. Bryan Terry, M.D. Files the Reliable Coverage Act
WGNS News Radio
Feb. 13, 2017
Features Shaina Smith

Connecticut Takes Step in the Right Direction to Protect Pain Patients
National Pain Report
Feb. 9, 2017
Article by Shaina Smith

CT bill would limit changes to health plans’ drug coverage
Hartford Business Journal
Feb. 8, 2017
Mentions U.S. Pain

New Rules Aim to Keep Patients on Medications That Work
Feb. 2, 2017
Features Emily Lemiska

Why the word “Repeal” receives a negative response from patients
National Pain Report
Jan. 11, 2017
Article by Shaina Smith

Doctors are cutting opioids, even if it harms patients
The Boston Globe
Jan. 3, 2017
Features Cindy Steinberg

Pain Sufferers in New York Ring in the New Year with Appeal of Step Therapy Law
National Pain Report
Jan. 3, 2017
Article by Shaina Smith


Medicare’s Part B demo defeated but requires vigilance
The Hill
Dec. 21, 2016
Op-ed by Paul Gileno

Insurers are charging more for less coverage
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Nov. 29, 2016
Op-ed by Paul Gileno

Tewksbury teen starts charity for children suffering from chronic pain
Hunterdon Review
Nov. 28, 2016
Features Tyler & Casey Cashman

My Turn: Insurers have no place in the examination room
Concord Monitor
Nov. 26, 2016
Op-ed by Paul Gileno

New York Residents with Chronic Pain Deserve Affordable Treatments While Curbing Abuse
National Pain Report
Nov. 22, 2016
Article by Shaina Smith

Patient Organizations Should Embrace the Challenges Ahead: The First Step is Unifying Our Movement
National Pain Report
Nov. 19, 2016
Article by Shaina Smith

New Jersey is being Reactive Instead of Proactive
National Pain Report
Nov. 15, 2016
Article by Shaina Smith

Here’s What We Can Do About The Chronic Pain Epidemic
Huffington Post
Nov. 10, 2016
Mentions Cindy Steinberg

Stop Insurers From Violating Sacred Doctor-Patient Relationship
Morning Consult
October 19, 2016
Op-ed by Paul Gileno

Training in pain management is not a top priority
September 11, 2016
Features Cindy Steinberg

Side effect of drug fight means some are left to suffer
September 10, 2016
Features Emily Lemiska and Cindy Steinberg

Survey: 1 in 5 adults disregard safety when using over-the-counter pain meds
Safety and Health Magazine
August 31, 2016
Quotes Paul Gileno

A National Campaign Calls for Investment in Pain Research and Access to Pain Therapies
National Pain Report
Aug. 31, 2016
Features People with Pain Matter program

High costs curb doctors’ ability to find opioid alternatives
Washington Times
June 20, 2016
Quotes Cindy Steinberg

ER Doctors Lobby to Silence Pain Patients
Pain News Network
April 4, 2016
Quotes Cindy Steinberg

Opinion: It’s Time for the Pain Community to Organize!
National Pain Report
March 31, 2016
Op-ed by Paul Gileno

Survey: Pain Patients Give Hospitals Low Marks
Managed Care
March 29, 2016
Quotes Cindy Steinberg

From Patient to Advocate: A Chat with Cindy Steinberg
Feb. 15, 2016
Interview with Cindy Steinberg

Pain Patients Ignored in Reaction to Super Bowl Ad
Pain News Network
February 9, 2016
Op-ed by Nicole Hemmenway

Bill Maher’s Reaction to OIC Super Bowl Ad Gets Its Own Reaction
National Pain Report
February 9, 2016
Features Paul Gileno

In the shadow of an opioid crisis, Super Bowl ad spotlights chronic pain patients
STAT news
February 8, 2016
Quotes Paul Gileno

Chronic Pain Series – Stories of Struggle and Hope
January 11-16, 2016

Ellen Lenox Smith: Medical marijuana has made me productive citizen
Providence Journal
Jan. 11, 2016
Op-ed by Ellen Lenox Smith


Bold bid to rein in painkiller prescriptions hits roadblocks
Dec. 19, 2015
Mentions U.S. Pain

U.S. Pain Foundation asks patients “What should we be working on?”
National Pain Report
Dec. 5, 2015
Features U.S. Pain

How Chronic Pain Made Me a Health Warrior
November 5, 2015
Article by Paul Gileno

Are the CDC Opioid Guidelines Really Voluntary?
Pain News Network
October 8, 2015
Quotes Shaina Smith

CDC Opioid Guidelines Being Revised
Pain News Network
October 6, 2015
Quotes Shaina Smith

How Nicole Hemmenway Transformed Pain into Inspiration
USA Today

September 29, 2015
Interview with Nicole Hemmenway

Pain by the Numbers
MedPage Today
August 25, 2015
Features Paul Gileno

Commission to seek painkillers more resistant to abuse in face of addiction crisis
Mass Live
Aug. 6, 2015
Mentions Cindy Steinberg

Chronic Pain Patients Feeling Discomfort to Being Ignored
June 29, 2015
National Pain Report
Features Paul Gileno

Seeing Pain
Dana Foundation
March 20, 2015
Features Cindy Steinberg

Medication provision spurs anger
Albany Times Union

March 9, 2015
Features Paul Gileno

Op-Ed: Abuse deterrent drugs could improve life, health, in Connecticut
CT Mirror
January 26, 2015
Op-ed by Paul Gileno

2014 & earlier

Consumer Reports slams opioids

San Diego Union Tribune
July 31, 2014
Quotes Cindy Steinberg

Pain Foundation says debate out of balance
May 1, 2014
Features Cindy Steinberg

The Day the Filing Cabinets Fell on Cindy Steinberg
Psychology Today
Dec. 9, 2013
Features Cindy Steinberg

Press Releases 

Iowa patients celebrate passage of fail first reform bill into law
May 10, 2017

Future of live-saving health coverage unknown to millions
May 4, 2017

Future of live-saving health coverage unknown to millions
May 4, 2017

Tennessee Patient & Provider Groups Applaud Legislation to Protect Against Unfair & Unsafe Prescription Coverage Reductions
Feb. 9, 2017

U.S. Pain Foundation Applauds Legislation To Protect Consumer From Unfair Reductions In Prescription Coverage
Feb. 8, 2017

Ohio Patients And Providers Declare This Month “Fail First February”
Feb. 8, 2017

New York State Pain Patients Ring in the New Year with Step Therapy Reform
Jan. 2, 2017

Survey Finds Tennesseans Are Being Forced Off Of Prescribed Medications by Insurance Companies
Nov. 28, 2016

U.S. Pain Foundation Announces Launch Of New Website
PR Log
February 1, 2016

U.S. Pain Foundation And Wings For Warriors Announce Partnership To Expand Veteran Health And Advocacy Issues
PR Log
November 11, 2015

U.S. Pain Foundation names Michael Schatman, PhD Director of Research
PR Log
October 8, 2015

Mediaplanet Partners with Author Nicole Hemmenway to Raise Awareness for Chronic Pain and Important Innovations in Treatment
PR Web
September 29, 2015

New Campaign Urges It’s Time “America Starts Talking” More Openly About Safe Prescription Opioid Pain Management
PR Newswire
September 2, 2015

White Papers Address Patient-Caregiver Relationship Challenges
PR Newswire
July 9, 2015

Teva Launches to Support Responsible Pain Management
Business Wire (press release)
June 24, 2015

U.S. Pain Foundation Cindy Steinberg Named 2013 Mayday Fellow
PR Log
September 4, 2013

U.S. Pain Foundation Names Cindy Steinberg National Director Of Policy And Advocacy
PR Newswire
April 9, 2013


Below you will find archived eNewsletters for the past year. Sign up here to receive the monthly newsletter straight to your inbox.

June 2017 – Yankees honor Points for Pain | Top five ways to get involved with PAM | Action needed on proposed changes to federal pain assessment

May 2017 – Learn about Your Pain is relaunched | Five ways to get involved with Migraine and Headache Awareness | Two key events on federal pain policy

April 2017 – INvisible Project expands its reach | New CT support group launches | Advocates express concerns on key federal issues

March 2017 – U.S. Pain launches support groups training program | Points for Pain raises nearly $9,000 in three games | Take action on CMS proposal that may harm patients

February 2017 – Calling all headache & migraine patients | Get involved in Rare Disease Day | Learn about bills U.S. Pain is tracking in your state

January 2017 – Ambassador of the Year announced | AAPM honors Paul Gileno | NY passes step therapy reform

December 2016 – Happy Holidays!

November 2016 – November News

October 2016 – October Newsletter

September 2016 – Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4

August 2016 – The August Newsletter for the U.S. Pain Foundation

July 2016 – The July Newsletter for U.S. Pain Foundation

June 2016 – Summer is Here

May 2016 – Be Proactive!

April 2016 – Make A Difference!

March 2016 – Spring into Action

February 2016 – Exciting Changes for U.S. Pain this February

January 2016 – Happy New Year!

December 2015 – Holiday Cheer

October 2015 – ENewsletter

September 2015 – Gear Up for Pain Awareness Month

August 2015 – Summer Wind Down

June 2015 – Summer Is Here

May 2015 – Spring Has Sprung

March 2015 – Lucky In Life

February 2015 – Love Yourself

The Year In Review – A Recap of 2014