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Natioinal Pain Care Policy Act of 2009

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NATIONAL PAIN CARE POLICY ACT OF 2009 -- (House of Representatives - March 30, 2009)

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Mr. SCALISE. Mr. Speaker, I rise in support of H.R. 756, the National Pain Care Policy Act of 2009. I want to commend Congresswoman Lois Capps and Congressman Mike Rogers for their bipartisan work on this bill.

The National Center for Health Statistics estimates that 76.2 million Americans have suffered pain that lasts longer than 24 hours. Most painful conditions can be relieved with proper treatment and adequate pain management. This bill creates an interagency coordinating committee to coordinate all efforts within HHS and other Federal agencies related to pain research. This effort, along with efforts at the NIH via the pain consortium, will go a long way towards increasing research and awareness of chronic pain.

Mr. Speaker, I urge Members to support this legislation.

I reserve the balance of my time.

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