For the next 36 days (from March 28 to May 2), I will be contacting and writing about 36 extraordinary members of the House of Representatives. They are all extraordinary in that they form the bipartisan Congressional Spina Bifida Caucus, and so they strive to address the unique needs of the spina bifida community in the U.S. My “mission” is to write to them, and urge them to make quality of life, and not solely prevention, a priority on their agenda in Congress. It has come to my attention that education about spina bifida is critical during all the stages of development– from planning to prevent spina bifida through the consumption of folic acid, to comprehensive education about spina bifida once it is diagnosed. We need to educate, starting with the physicians and other healthcare providers, so that they will be made aware of the potential that each child with spina bifida possesses.
In order to be an effective blogger, I think, one has to be well aware of at least some of the latest trends and tendencies. Here’s one tendency that (again) I’ve noticed since I began investigating the individual members of the Congressional Spina Bifida Caucus: many are pro-life Democrats. This information is very important to keep in mind as I prepare to contact each and every one of them.
Rep. Mike Michaud of Maine is among the league of pro-life Democrats. In addition, Rep. Michaud is on the Addiction, Treatment and Recovery Caucus, the Congressional Nursing Caucus, and he is co-founder of the House Labor and Working Families Caucus.
The Congressman, who is of French descent (and that’s really cool!), has authored and sponsored pieces of legislation that are critical to the quality of life and health care of all Americans. In November of last year, he backed the Medicare Physician Payment Reform Act of 2009, which would allow doctors in rural areas to continue providing quality care to their patients.
He is a strong supporter of community health centers, which help treat patients in “underserved areas.” Rep. Michaud also supported the expansion of the State Children’s Health Insurance Plan (SCHIP) through a bill that became the law last February.
Finally, Congressman Michaud introduced a bill that would have made medicines more affordable to his constituents. Unfortunately, the bill died, but the fight continues.
It’s time to hit the hay now, friends. I hope you have a wonderful day tomorrow, and I appreciate all ReTweets on Twitter: @Laurita86.