With the support of Don't Punish Pain Rally members, the Doctor Patient Forum has retained the services of the Mayforth Group to plan and support legislative efforts designed to bring greater awareness to state and federal legislators on the difficulties facing the chronic pain community on accessing honest and responsible healthcare. Most chronic pain patients are honest and compliant in the use of opioids for chronic pain conditions. Those who have required opioids in the past or may need them in the future deserve the same unbiased access to healthcare other Americans receive. The chronic pain community should not be viewed or treated like those who abuse opioids recreationally. Those individuals who need them, need them to be functional so they can remain, productive members of society, paying into our system to support efforts for the responsible use of opioids, discourage their abuse, and help those who fall prey to addiction, return to sober living.
DPPR is publishing this proposal from the Mayforth Group to keep its members informed on these important issues.
Chronic Illness & Pain Medication
Federal Government Relations/ Lobbying Proposal
January 10, 2020
The Mayforth Group has been active in government relations at both the state and federal level for twenty years. Throughout the years, our core mission has remained the same: provide the best service possible using the communication skills, experience and extensive network of contacts to ensure the client’s message is heard. We are not a law firm that has an internal government relations division that dabbles in lobbying and politics; we are exclusively a government relations firm that uses an integrated approach to identify the client issues and seek out the most efficient and successful strategies to resolve them. The client will not be overwhelmed with an account team that is assigned to the work needed; the client will deal directly with Mayforth executives from the start of a contractual relationship right up until the end. Our accessibility is paramount to providing quality service.
Simply put, our strategy is to put the client in touch with the right people, with the right message, at the right time.
- SITUATION ANALYSIS
Due to the rise in hospitalization and deaths because of the opioid addiction in this country, elected officials, health and community groups, have worked to curtail the use and prescription of many effective pain medications. While the cause has been debatable by many people in this area, there is no debate that the effect has been a loss of option for millions of Americans living with chronic pain.
- STRATEGIC PLAN
The Mayforth Group will work with members of the Don’t Punish Pain Rally Organization and national medical personnel to develop an action plan for strategic and targeted federal government relations activity that supports and promotes the organization’s goal of helping Americans deal with chronic and consistent pain management We will work with the organization to devise a legislative outreach plan that will result in getting dialogue with federal agencies such as CDC and DEA to recognize the proper use of pain medication for millions of Americans. We will also identify and promote legislation that recognizes the need for proper pain management and control.
Scope of Work
The plan will include meeting with pertinent congressional members to get an idea of what is happening in Washington as they deal with the improper management of opioids by Americans.
In addition, Mayforth Group will set up meetings with CDC and DEA officials to discuss how their policies have greatly affected those living with chronic pain AND how it effected medical providers fearful of retribution from prescribing pain medication.
Finally, we will use DPPR’s national database to influence legislation that has a direct impact on Americans living with chronic pain. Once we know what legislative initiatives affect us (both in a positive and negative way) we can act accordingly in supporting or defeating proposals.
Lobbying services also include the following: (1) monitoring and tracking of legislative activity relating to pain management and opioid use; (2) reviewing, analyzing and reporting on legislation or administrative proposals of impact, (3) attending, and if necessary, providing testimony at General Assembly committee hearings.
ADVOCACY AND OUTREACH
Advocacy organizations like Don’t Punish Pain Rally must be able to effectively identify and communicate with key leaders and stakeholder groups that are connected in some way to their mission. An important first step in communicating is developing a consistent and focused message. Upon working with the DPPR’s leadership team, the Mayforth Group will work in coordination to schedule meetings with key legislative leaders, policymakers, and fellow advocates in order to establish an open line of communication that will facilitate and foster constructive dialogue. The goal of building and maintaining these external relationships will be to promote less restrictive pain medication for those diagnosed with chronic pain.
The Mayforth Group will work closely with the designated representatives of DPPR to devise a lobbying outreach strategy. In doing so, The Mayforth Group will set forth a direct line of communication and shared documentation of activity, outreach, and intelligence in order to best determine a strategy to ensure legislative success
In addition, a consistent message will be a vital component of the campaign to ensure legislators are being presented with the most effective and persuasive talking points that will resonate with them and their constituencies. The message development will be a key element to a successful campaign and will be the result of work done previously by DPPR.
- FEE STRUCTURE
The Mayforth Group proposes the following annual fee structure for the scope of work outlined in the section entitled Strategic Plan:
- $15,000 for legislative work which would commence immediately through March 31st, with a mutually agreed-upon extension for the same amount through June. The fee will be payable at the signing of the. The fees referenced above are inclusive of all professional and clerical services as well as any miscellaneous expenses incurred while provided the services set forth in the scope of work. The fee will also cover all travel and lodging.