Congress Passes Pain Care Legislation for Armed Forces and Veterans

Recent congressinal progress on a number of pieces of legislation will help service veterans and the active armed forces better manage the challenges of chronic pain.

“These bills will advance the cause for all pain patients by focusing much needed attention on our active military and our veterans about the seriousness of chronic pain,” said Scott M. Fishman, M.D., Professor of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine Chief, Division of Pain Medicine in the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine at the University of California, Davis. “As a pain physician, I applaud Congress for recognizing the gravity of this issue. Pain is a complex medical condition that can affect the physical and mental well being of millions of patients.”