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Pain Management in the United States: An Underlying Cause of the Opioid Crisis

  • 2043 Rayburn House Office Building (map)

Dear Colleague:

As Chairs of the Congressional Integrative Health and Wellness Caucus, we invite you to a briefing and demonstration featuring experts from academic, government, and association settings to educate members and staff on the field of integrative pain management. 
The briefing will feature a discussion of multi-modality models of care, including models currently being implemented within the US Department of Veterans Affairs, University Hospital systems, and Integrative Pain Clinics. Additionally, long-standing integrative
therapies, such as acupuncture, chiropractic care, massage therapy and yoga therapy will be offered to members and staff to demonstrate their ability to treat neck and back pain.

The briefing and lunch will take place from Wednesday, March 6, 2019 in Rayburn HOB 2043 at 11:45am. Coffee and treats will be served.  Please RSVP for the briefing HERE.

Members and staff are invited to participate in demonstrations of complementary therapies provided by licensed acupuncturists, chiropractors, massage therapists, and naturopathic physicians as well as certified reflexologists and craniosacral practitioners at an Interdisciplinary Therapies room in Rayburn HOB 2103 from 10:30am- 2:30pm. One-on-one appointments are available, and you can sign up HERE. Bento boxes are also available with each component being a recipe for treating pain and inflammation.

Last year, Congress passed H.R. 6, the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act, aimed at addressing our nation’s ongoing opioid crisis. This law proposed that we not only examine the need for new methods of treating chronic pain, but also examine the use
of complementary and non-pharmacological methods of treating pain. But many patients face barriers to accessing these services. For example, even if a patient wishes to receive acupuncture or chiropractic care, their insurance may not offer coverage of the
therapy of their choice. This briefing will illuminate the needs for these therapies, and illustrate common barriers to access and what Congress can do to bring integrative health to our constituents.

We hope you or a member of your staff will join us for the event and consider joining the Congressional Integrative Health & Wellness Caucus. If you have any questions, please contact Ellen Hamilton at
Ellen.Hamilton@mail.house.gov with Congresswoman Chu’s office or Martin Schultz with Congresswoman Walorski at
Martin.Schultz@mail.house.gov.

To register to attend the briefing, 
http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=97rvfo5ab&oeidk=a07eg4skf3g08a924ba
  

To register for a therapy demonstration, 
http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=97rvfo5ab&oeidk=a07eg509fxxc5a23a71

Respectfully, 

Judy Chu, Ph.D.  
Member of Congress

Jackie Walorski
Member of Congress