Mary Franklin, Executive Director of the National Headache Foundation, along with other members of the migraine advocacy community, recently reached out to members of Congress asking them to sign a letter written by Representatives Peter Welch and David McKinley for FY2020 LHHS (Labor, Health and Human Services) Appropriations Report Language for headache disorders.  They were asking members of Congress to support two areas that impact those living with migraine and headache disease. The first request directed the Social Security Administration (SSA) to revise disease listings for determination of benefits for people disabled by migraine and other headache disorders. The second request also directed the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to prioritize research on migraine and headache disorders via the HEAL (Helping to End Addiction Long-term) Initiative.

Mary reached out to the Senators from Illinois and received these letters of support from Senators Tammy Duckworth and Richard Durbin: