Help Pain Patients Get Access to More Treatments

By Cindy Perlin, Guest Columnist

I just started a petition on asking President Obama and Congress to give pain patients affordable access to safe, effective treatments. The petition points out that prescription painkillers, which are liberally reimbursed by health insurers, are causing addiction and death, while safer, more effective treatments are often inadequately covered or not covered at all.

The petition asks the President and members of Congress to support a Pain Treatment Parity Act that would require health insurers to cover all proven effective treatments for chronic pain on a level equal to coverage for pharmaceutical treatments. 

As I wrote in an earlier column on Pain News Network, the Act would eliminate preauthorization requirements and limits on the number of treatment sessions covered for services such as chiropractic and physical therapy; while also requiring coverage for acupuncture, biofeedback, massage, nutritional counseling, exercise programs, low level laser therapy and other safe, effective treatments.

The proposed legislation also requires physician education about these treatment modalities. Increases in fees for non-physician health care providers, who for the most part haven’t had a fee increase in over 35 years, would also be mandated.

My goal is to have over 100,000 signatures.  To find out more and to sign the petition, please click here.

Cindy Perlin is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, certified biofeedback practitioner, chronic pain survivor and the author of “The Truth About Chronic Pain Treatments: The Best and Worst Strategies for Becoming Pain Free.” 

For the last 25 years Cindy has helped her clients improve their emotional and physical well-being through her private practice near Albany, New York.

The information in this column should not be considered as professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. It is for informational purposes only and represent the author’s opinions alone. It does not inherently express or reflect the views, opinions and/or positions of Pain News Network.