ATTENTION! Due to the volume of messages I receive regarding interruption or withdrawal of medical care, particularly regarding access to opioid medications, I ask that you READ THE GUIDELINES for PAIN WARRIORS. It will take a village of individuals with first hand information, personal physical evidence to bring effective action. As a volunteer advocate, and with my fingers on the pulse of the community, I understand the crisis those of us living with chronic pain face. After you follow the recommendations, I look forward to hearing from you.
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This “Sample Advocacy Letter” is a template for you to use. You can use it to contact elected representatives, government agencies, health commissioners, insurance commissioners, the attorney general, health care organizations, or anyone else in a position to affect health care policy. (See contact information listed below.)
Address: physical or email
Dear [Mrs, Mr, Senator, President] Name,
Dear Gentlemen and Gentlewomen,
Dear Sir or Madam,
To Whom It May Concern,
[State the purpose of your letter. Use hook words or provocative questions that make it personal.]
[State your personal experience]
[State what you would like in response. Put verbs in your requests.]
Please reply by [Mail, email, fax]. If I can provide you with further information, please let me know by contacting me at:
Any other information you feel comfortable giving out, such as e-mail address, phone number, or fax.
Signature [Type or sign your name here.]
Attachments: [Name any attachments that support your letter and its content.]