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Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, Donald Trump

Require Insurance Companies to Pay for Alternative Pain Treatments

Health insurance companies routinely pay for pharmaceutical and surgical treatment for pain patients, the most expensive and risky forms of care. Many who've tried these treatments are still in considerable pain.   At the same time, people in pain are being denied insurance coverage for safer, more effective treatments including physical therapy, massage, chiropractic, biofeedback, acupuncture, marijuana, low level laser therapy, psychotherapy, nutritional and herbal interventions. We need a law that requires health insurance companies to cover all proven effective treatments for pain to the same degree that they cover pharmaceuticals and that requires physicians to be educated about these therapies.   Please support a Pain Treatment Parity Act that requires health insurers to provide coverage for all proven effective pain treatments that is equivalent to coverage of pharmaceuticals with respect to treatment frequency, length of treatment, pre-authorization requirements, co-pays, deductibles, medical necessity reviews and any other requirements that determine access to and affordability of care. In addition, given that non-physician health care providers have not had increases in fees for more than 35 years, the Pain Treatment Parity Act should require that alternative pain treatment provider fees are increased on a par with past physician fee increases to insure continuing availability of these critical services.   Note: More information on the need for this legislation and the evidence for the safety and effectiveness of  nonpharmacological pain treatments can be found in The Truth About Chronic Pain Treatments: The Best and Worst Strategies for Becoming Pain Free.  Find out more at  

Cindy Perlin, LCSW
1,324 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to City of Vancouver, Vancouver Police Department, Vancouver Park Board Commissioners

Encourage smoking bylaw compliance at Sunset Beach [420]

The 420 event has been setting up at Sunset Beach for a couple of years now. The event has morphed from a protest, to a celebration, to an unsanctioned marketplace that sells questionable quality, still illegal substances to minors. The event has never been approved by the Vancouver Park Board. However, disregarding the considerable number of bylaws that get violated (particularly but not limited to smoking bylaws), there is no proactive or reactive enforcement or deterrent. The event is disruptive to neighbours, residents and businesses in the area. Children, babies, seniors and people with respiratory issues are negatively impacted by it. Transportation is interrupted or severely affected. And, even though some of the organizers try to motivate attendants to clean up and respect the environment and property, costs for the city still add up to $250,000. There is also an increase in ER visits and car accidents -whose impact is only exacerbated by the neighbourhood's density. Furthermore, there are issues that the event and its organizers could address better, including: Guaranteeing the quality and accountability of items, to minimize impact in public health Ensuring that minors are not actively purchasing or consuming, according to the upcoming legislation Not smoking in the park per se, according to the existing bylaw and upcoming legislation Appropriate noise levels and respectful time slot We are not advocating for hard, potentially conflict-prone resolutions. We believe that the City, the VPD and the Parks Board could find other solutions, including but not limited to: Closing the area just for that day, Organizing an alternative, community-inclusive event, Helping the 420 organizers find a different location with less community and environmental impact, Increasing efforts and outreach towards promoting a healthier (for everyone) event We acknowledge that it's a politically risky initiative for them. However, we believe that it's the right thing to do for their constituents, the community and for the sake of setting a precedent of law-abiding friendly conflict resolution. We encourage the VPD, the Parks Board and the City of Vancouver to work together in ensuring that the matter is resolved in a peaceful, well thought, healthy and lawful way.

Protect Sunset Beach
351 supporters