Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain LIFE Summer 2013, Issue 9 - Page 8

Policy Update she was formally diagnosed w i th f ibromyalg i a . M i tzi h a s a l w ay s h a d a s t ro n g belief in the civil rights of others, especially those with disabilities. Mitzi’s FM SSI journey began when she did some research in the correlation of FM and SSI. Mitzi realized that it was imperative to establish and properly identify fibromyalgia as a stand-alone, separate entity instead of tr ying to m a ke i t f i t into o ther no n s p e c i f i c , c h ro n i c p a i n designations. O n c e s h e re a c h e d t h i s conclusion, in Februar y 2012 she wrote to the Special A ssistant for Disability Pol ic y i n t h e O b a m a Administration requesti n g t h at h e s p e a k to t h e Commissioner of the Social Security Administration re g a rd i n g t h e f i b ro my a l gia disability issues she had identified. In simple terms, s h e a s ke d for p e r m i s s i on to do a feasibility study in establishing a classification under the Code of Federal Regulations specifically for fibromyalgia. lthough she did not get the approval to write the regulation, she was pleased with the rapid response to her letter. On July 25, 2012, the Commissioner gave notice of a Social Security Ruling developed by the Office of Disability Pro grams, SSR12-2P, to establish a classification under the Code of Federal Regulations specifically for fibromyalgia. This Ruling clearly and properly identifies fibromyalgia as a stand-alone, separate entity instead of trying to ma ­”₯Ё™₯Ё₯ΉΡΌ½Ρ‘•ΘΉ½ΉΝΑ•₯™₯Œ°‘Ι½Ή₯ŒΑ…₯Έ‘•Ν₯Ή…Ρ₯½ΉΜΈ5½Ι•½Ω•Θ°Ρ‘₯́IΥ±₯ΉœΑΙ½Ω₯‘•ΜΥ₯‘…Ή”ΡΌ…ΡΡ½ΙΉ•έ…Ή±…₯΅…ΉΡ́½Έ‘½άΡ‘”•ΉŒδ‘•Ω•±½Ά•Ω₯‘•Ή”½˜™₯‰Ι½΅ε…±₯„…Ή‘½άΡΌΑΙ½Α•Ι±δ•Ω…±Υ…Ρ”Ρ‘”₯±±Ή•Ν́₯Έ‘₯Ν…‰₯±₯Ρ䁍±…₯΅ΜΥΉ‘•ΘQ₯Ρ±•Μ%$…ΉaY$½˜Ρ‘”M½₯…°M•ΥΙ₯Ρ䁍и()()™₯‰Ι½΅ε…±₯„…ΉΝ•½Ή°…́„½Ω•ΙΉ΅•ΉΠ•΅Α±½ε•”έ₯Ρ …•Ν́ѼΡ‘”•Ή™½Ι•΅•ΉΠ½˜Ρ‘”•α₯ΝΡ₯ΉœΑ½±₯₯•Μ°‘…Ν₯Ή₯™₯…ΉΠ₯΅Α…Π₯Έ•αΑ•‘₯Ρ₯Ήœέ₯Ρ ‘•±₯‰•Ι…Ρ”ΝΑ••„™…Ω½Ι…‰±”™₯‰Ι½΅ε…±₯„Ι•Υ±…Ρ₯½Έ‘₯Ι•Ρ±δ™Ι½΄Ρ‘”=™™₯”½˜₯Ν…‰₯±₯ΡδΈ()()4()₯Ρ送‰•±₯•Ω•ΜΡ‘…ЁέΙ₯Ρ₯ΉœΡΌΡ‘”=‰…΅„‘΅₯Ή₯ΝΡΙ…Ρ₯½Έ…́™₯ΙΝΠ°„ΑΙ₯Ω…Ρ”₯Ρ₯ι•Έέ₯Ρ ()…Ν­₯Ήœ₯Έ•α₯Ρ•΅•ΉΠ…ΉΑ±•…Ν•έ₯Ρ Ρ‘”½Υэ½΅”½˜Ρ‘”Α½Ν₯Ρ₯Ω”Ι•…Ρ₯½ΉΜ™Ι½΄Ρ‘”=‰…΅„‘΅₯Ή₯ΝΡΙ…Ρ₯½Έ…ΉΡ‘” ½΅΅₯ΝΝ₯½Ή•Θ°5₯Ρ送έΙ½Ρ”ΡΌΡ‘”AΙ•Ν₯‘•ΉΠΙ•ΕΥ•ΝΡ₯ΉœΡ‘…Ё‘”₯Ω”Ν½΅”‘•Ν•ΘΩ•Ι•½Ή₯Ρ₯½ΈΡΌ‘₯́MΑ•₯…°ΝΝ₯ΝΡ…ΉΠ°Ρ‘” ½΅΅₯ΝΝ₯½Ή•Θ°…ΉΡ‘”=™™₯”½˜₯Ν…‰₯±₯Ρ䁙½ΘΡ‘₯́₯΅Α½ΙΡ…ΉΠΑ₯•”½˜Ι•Υ±…Ρ½Ι䁑•±ΐ™½ΘΑ•½Α±”έ₯Ρ ™₯‰Ι½΅ε…±₯„Έ5₯Ρ送չ‘•ΙΝΡ½½Ρ‘…Ёё”AΙ•Ν₯‘•ΉΠΙ••₯ٕ́ё½ΥΝ…Ή‘́½˜±•ΡΡ•Ί½Έ„Ω…Ι₯•Ρ䁽˜₯ΝΝՕ́™Ι½΄…±°Α…ΙΡ́½˜Ρ‘”½ΥΉΡΙ䁅Ή‘•Ν•ΙΩ₯Ήœ°½Ή•ΙΉ•Α•½Α±”ΈQ‘…Ё₯́ݑ䁽Έ՝ΥΝΠ€Θΰ°€ΘΐΔΘ°Ν‘”έ…́•ΝΑ•₯…±±δΝΥȁΑȁ₯Ν•έ‘•ΈAΙ•Ν₯‘•ΉΠ=‰…΅„Ι•ΝΑ½Ή‘•…ΉέΙ½Ρ”„Ω•Ι䁹₯”±•ΡѕȁѼ‘•Θ‘•Ρ…₯±₯Ήœ‘₯́…‘΅₯Ή₯ΝΡΙ…Ρ₯½»Šé½Ή•ΙΉΜ°•™™½ΙΡ́…Ή…½΅Α±₯Ν‘΅•ΉΡ́ɕ…Ι‘₯Ήœ₯±±Ή•Ν͕́ΝՍ …́™₯‰Ι½΅ε…±₯„Έ()Q‘”MMHΔΘ΄Ι@θQ₯Ρ±•Μ%$…ΉaY$θΩ…±Υ…Ρ₯½Έ½˜₯‰Ι½΅ε…±₯„₯ΉΡΙ½‘ՍΡ₯½ΈΝΡ…Ρ•Μθ4₯́„½΅Α±•ΰ΅•‘₯…°½Ή‘₯Ρ₯½Έ‘…Ι…Ρ•Ι₯镐ΑΙ₯΅…Ι₯±δ‰δέ₯‘”ΝΑΙ•…Α…₯Έ₯ΈΡ‘”©½₯ΉΡΜ°΅Υ͍±•Μ°Ρ•Ή‘½ΉΜ½ΘΉ•…Ι‰δΝ½™ΠΡ₯ΝΝՕ́ё…Ё‘…́Α•ΙΝ₯ΝΡ•™½Θ…Ё±•…ΝЀ́΅½ΉΡ‘ΜΈ4₯́„½΅΅½ΈΝεΉ‘Ι½΅”Έ]‘•Έ„Α•ΙΝ½ΈΝ••­Μ‘₯Ν…‰₯±₯Ρ䁉•Ή•™₯Ρ́‘Υ”₯Έέ‘½±”½Θ₯ΈΑ…ΙЁѼ4°έ”΅ΥΝЁΑΙ½Α•Ι±δ½ΉΝ₯‘•ΘΡ‘”Α•ΙΝ½»ŠéΝε΅ΑΡ½΅Μέ‘•Έέ”‘•₯‘”έ‘•Ρ‘•ΘΡ‘”Α•ΙΝ½Έ‘…́„΅•‘₯…±±δ‘•Ρ•Ι΅₯Ή…‰±”₯΅Α…₯Ι΅•ΉΠ€‘5$€½˜4Έ́έ₯Ρ …Ήδ±…₯΄™½Θ‘₯Ν…‰₯±₯Ρ䁉•Ή•™₯ΡΜ°‰•™½Ι”έ”™₯ΉΡ‘…ЁΑ•ΙΝ½Έέ₯Ρ …Έ5$½˜4₯́‘₯Ν…‰±•°έ”΅ΥΝЁ•ΉΝΥΙ”Ρ‘•Ι”₯́ΝΥ™™₯₯•ΉΠ½‰©•Ρ₯Ω”•Ω₯‘•Ή”ΡΌΝΥΑΑ½ΙЁ„™₯Ή‘₯ΉœΡ‘…Ёё”Α•ΙΝ½»Šé₯΅Α…₯Ι΅•ΉΠ‘Μ€ΝΌ±₯΅₯Ρ́ё”Α•ΙΝ½»Šé™ΥΉΡ₯½Ή…°…‰₯±₯Ρ₯•ΜΡ‘…Ё₯ЁΑΙ•±Υ‘•Μ‘₯΄½Θ‘•Θ™Ι½΄Α•Ι™½Ι΅₯ΉœΝΥ‰ΝΡ…ΉΡ₯…°…₯Ή™Υ°…Ρ₯Ω₯Ρ丁%ΈΡ‘₯́IΥ±₯Ήœ°έ”‘•ΝΙ₯‰”Ρ‘”•Ω₯‘•Ή”έ”Ή••ΡΌ•ΝΡ…‰±₯Ν …Έ5$½˜4…Ή•αΑ±…₯Έ‘½άέ”•Ω…±Υ…Ρ”Ρ‘₯́₯΅Α…₯Ι΅•ΉΠέ‘•Έέ”‘•Ρ•Ι΅₯Ή”έ‘•Ρ‘•ΘΡ‘”Α•ΙΝ½Έ₯́‘₯Ν…‰±•Έ((γŠ₯‰Ι½΅ε…±₯„€˜ ‘Ι½Ή₯ŒA…₯Έ()1₯™”()MΥ΅΅•Θ€ΘΐΔΜ((0