Feb 28 2012
Including Medical Foods and Formula in the Essential Health Benefits Guidance—What Can you Do to Help?
Senator Kerry (MA) is spearheading a sign-on letter in the U.S. Senate to send to the Department of Health and Human Services on the critical importance of including medical foods (formula and foods modified to be low in protein) in the Essential Health Benefits Guidance for the treatment of inborn errors of metabolism. You can view the letter by clicking here: http://www.npkua.org/images/HHS_Signon.pdf
This letter has been circulated on the Democratic Senate office list serv, and now Senator Kerry’s office is asking for our help in getting additional Senators to sign on to the letter. This is a sign on letter – it is NOT asking Senators to cosponsor any bills.
The deadline to help get additional Senators to sign on is Monday March 5th, 2012.
Here is how you can help:
- Contact your two Senators via phone. You can find out how to contact them by clicking here: http://www.npkua.org/index.php/your-legislators
Only contact your two Senators; do NOT contact your House Representative.
- Find out if your two Senators are Democrat or Republican.
- If one or both of your Senators is a Democrat, call the office and ask to speak to the Health Legislative Assistant. Tell them your relationship to medical foods and ask them to sign on to the letter from Senator Kerry’s office on medical foods and essential health benefits that was posted on the Democratic Senate office list serv. You can provide them with another copy of the letter if needed. Tell them to contact Senator Kerry’s office to sign on (they will know the contact information).
- If one or both of your Senators is a Republican, tell them about the letter and ask for help. You can send them the letter, ask them to co-sign and/or ask them if they would be willing to circulate it on the Republican Senate office list serv. Again, if they are willing to co-sign the letter, ask them to contact Senator Kerry’s office.