Reforms for Pain Patients

On February 25, I introduced two bills to help patients with intractable pain who have been wronged by this overreaching bill.  One bill, HF3993 adds to intractable pain patients as voting members to the opioid work group where they have no voice.  The second bill, HF3746 amends MN law to loosen restrictions on medical providers so they can appropriately treat patients.  

Over the two years prior to the opioid bill, opioid prescriptions had been reduced by 50%.  Doctors were mostly not aware of the damage they were doing and the industry corrected itself.  Now this new legislation injected government between the patient and doctor and the doctors are both restricted and paranoid that they will be held accountable for future prescriptions.

I spoke out against the Opioid Bill and we had about 30 legislators who saw the last version as a bad, overreaching bill which benefited the largest opioid manufacture and penalized the generic manufacturers.  Pain patients were left paying the price, both in limited care and high prices, taxed to pay for the destruction of illicit street drugs.  Doctors who specialize in treating pain patients are showing up on lists as high prescribers, and these lists are shared with the medical industry.  As a result, doctors are being pressured to prescribe less. Patients with intractable pain are losing medical care.

Please sign the petition below so I can contact you when we receive a bill hearing.  I encourage you to reach out to legislators on the Health & Human Services Policy committee and ask them to support this bill and why.

✔️ Call your legislators, then make calls to each member of the House HHS Policy committee
✔️ Follow up with an email to each of them
✔️ Write letters to the editor in your local paper and to major outlets Statewide
✔️ Organize a lobbying day at the Capitol - contact organizations that support the cause, such as Citizens Council for Health Freedom, and make appointments with legislators.
✔️ Ask your legislator to sign on to the House bill (there are room for 35 authors) which they can do by sending an email.
✔️ Ask your legislator to support the hearing request in HHS Policy
On 2/28, I joined two pain patients along with Rep. Bierman (D-Apple Valley), Rep. Huot (D-Rosemont) and their DFL Senator to discuss the bills and the path forward in the House and Senate. 
On 2/29, I joined Mitch Berg, host of Northern Alliance Radio on AM 1280 to disucss these reforms on the air for an hour. If you missed show, you can listen to the podcast.
2/24/20 StarTribune Letter Against Overreaching Opioid Bill
In response to the Star Tribune’s Feb. 21 editorial “Avoid ‘chilling effect’ on opioids”: Last year at the Minnesota Legislature, there was bipartisan agreement that the opioid addiction crisis was a societal catastrophe. But, the law is a blunt instrument in solving such complex problems. When we passed the opioid bill last year, I was one of 28 legislators who had serious concerns about the unintended consequences that the law created. This new legislation injected government between the patient and doctor, and now doctors are both restricted and paranoid that they will be held accountable for future prescriptions. The bill also benefited the largest opioid manufacturer and penalized the generic manufacturers. Pain patients were left paying the price, both in limited care and high prices, taxed to pay for the destruction of illicit street drugs.
 
In the two years before the opioid bill, opioid prescriptions had already been reduced by 50%. Doctors were mostly not aware of the damage they were doing, and the medical establishment corrected itself. The editorial cites the 33% drop since 2016 of prescriptions for people in state health programs alone.
 
Next week, I am introducing two bills to help patients with intractable pain who have been wronged by this overreaching bill. One bill adds two intractable pain patients as voting members to the opioid workgroup, where they currently have no voice. The second one, HF 3746 https://tinyurl.com/ufx4w9k amends the opioid law to loosen restrictions on medical providers so they can appropriately treat patients. The Legislature created this problem for intractable pain patients like Cammie LaValle, and now we must correct it.
 
JEREMY MUNSON, LAKE CRYSTAL
 
The writer is a Republican member of the Minnesota House.

I support reforms to the opioid bills which went too far to restrict important pain medication to those with intractable pain.

GOAL: 255 signatures

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