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 From Congress to state legislatures, from community hospitals to hundreds of national organizations, the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) is the leader in efforts to advance osteoporosis to the top of the nationís health care agenda. NOF's advocacy, research and educational achievements have spurred the nationís interests in reducing the human and economic toll of this disease

The osteoporosis educational message to Congress and state houses is simple and powerful:

  • Osteoporosis is a major public health threat for 28 million Americans, 80 percent of whom are women
  • A womenís risk of hip fracture is equal to her combined risk of breast, uterine and ovarian cancer
  • The direct medical costs for osteoporosis and the 1.5 million associated fractures is $14 billion ($38 million each day) Ė and the cost is expected to increase to more than $60 billion by 2020 if nothing is done.

In order to change the laws about a certain topic, you need to go the individuals who write the laws.  Contrary to popular belief,  writing letters to your elected officials is not a waste of time.  I have written to my elected officials outlining the requests listed on this page,  and I am happy to report that I have received responses to all of my letters.  So I ask that you please do your part in the battle against osteoporosis by doing the same because it can and does make a difference for all of those suffering with the disease of osteoporosis

ask your elected official to:

  1. Expand medical research to find the causes and cures for osteoporosis
  2. Implement a national osteoporosis education program to educate women and men about how to avoid osteoporosis
  3. Ensure coverage of bone density tests by private insurance companies to detect osteoporosis so that eligible women and men can know the status of their bones and make health decisions accordingly
How to Sign Up to Make Your Voice Heard!

To build an advocacy network on bone health and osteoporosis legislative issues, the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) has established an ongoing grassroots campaign called the Bone Health Advocate Program, formerly the Key Contact Program.

The Bone Health Advocate Program assists individuals affected by osteoporosis from around the country in communicating with organizations and individuals in their area to make osteoporosis issues a priority for state and federal lawmakers. Participants can make a difference by getting involved in some of the following ways:

  • Responding to Legislative Alerts issued by NOF by contacting their members of Congress or state legislators to influence their vote on pending legislation
  • Contacting state legislators about the need for new legislation on osteoporosis or to maintain existing programs
  • Spreading the word to family and friends that their voice can make a difference, recruit new advocates to join the fight

How do you help?

50 States Summary of Osteoporosis Laws

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