IMPORTANT UPDATE:
S.RES.336 PASSES IN THE U.S. SENATE ON
DECEMBER 21, 2017 BY UNANIMOUS CONSENT

US Senate Passes Historic PCOS Resolution

SUPPORT H.RES.495 AND S.RES.336

PCOS Challenge: The National Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Association worked with Congressman David Scott (D-GA-13) and 20 other leaders to introduce resolution H.Res.495 in the U.S. House of Representatives. PCOS Challenge also worked with and Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), David Perdue (R-GA) and five other leaders in the U.S. Senate to introduce S.Res.336.

H.Res.495 and S.Res.336 recognize the seriousness of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), the need for further research, improved treatment and care options, and for a cure for PCOS. They also designate September as PCOS Awareness Month. This historic and bipartisan effort represents the first time there has been a central focus on PCOS in the U.S. Congress. There has been significant interest in the PCOS resolutions. H.Res.495 has attracted more cosponsors that any other Health resolution in the 115th Congress.

ABOUT POLYCYSTIC OVARY SYNDROME

PCOS is one of the most pervasive and underserved public health issues that threatens the mental and physical health, and quality of life of girls, women and their families. The disorder can lead to infertility, lifelong complications and the most common causes of death in women including type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer. This resolution is critically important because more than 50% of women with PCOS are going undiagnosed. Awareness, early diagnosis and intervention and research can help to prevent or lessen the complications and progression of serious chronic illnesses connected to PCOS. It is imperative that we make PCOS a public health priority and encourage our respective Representatives to cosponsor H.Res.495.

WE NEED YOUR HELP!

To move H.Res.495 forward and out of committee, your representatives need to hear from you and your family to understand why PCOS is a critically important issue. As a constituent, you have a powerful story to tell about your own experience with PCOS or that of someone close to you.

THREE QUICK AND EASY NEXT STEPS:

  • Step 1. Find your Congressperson by entering your zip code and address at www.house.gov.
  • Step 2. Check to see if your Congressperson is already a cosponsor of H.Res.495 (see cosponsor list on the right).
  • Step 3. Email your personalized letters to advocacy @ pcoschallenge.org or fax them to PCOS Challenge at (301) 244-9902. We will deliver your letter to your Congressperson’s office.

ANOTHER WAY YOU CAN HELP: CALL YOUR REPRESENTATIVE’S OFFICE:

We also encourage you to call your Representative’s office about cosponsoring H.Res.495.

  1. Identify your Congressperson at www.house.gov by your address and zip code. .
  2. Call your Congressperson’s office, let the person who answers the phone know that you are a constituent and would like to speak to the “health staffer.”
  3. Tell the health staffer, “I am a constituent and would like the Representative to cosponsor H.Res.495, which recognizes the seriousness of polycystic ovary syndrome, the need for further research, and for improved treatment and care options for women and girls with PCOS. H.Res.495 also designates September as PCOS Awareness Month. This resolution is important to me because [explain why PCOS is important to you, someone you know or your patients].
  4. If the health staffer is not available, leave a voicemail with your contact information and the message in #3 immediately above.
  5. Continue to follow up and ask your family and friends who live in the same district to follow up as well until your Representative signs on as a cosponsor. Persistence pays off!

OTHER ORGANIZATIONS SUPPORTING
H.RES.495 AND S.RES.336

Academy for Eating Disorders
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
American Academy of Dermatology Association
American Academy of Nursing
American Academy of Sleep Medicine
American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists
American Association of Heart Failure Nurses (AAHFN)
American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP)
American Association of Suicidology
American College of Nurse-Midwives
American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
American Electrology Association
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
The American Liver Foundation
American Medical Women’s Association
American Sleep Apnea Association
American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery
American Society for Nutrition
American Society for Reproductive Medicine
American Urogynecologic Society
Androgen Excess and PCOS Society
Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association
Association for Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses
Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations
Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs
The Association of Public Health Nurses (APHN)
Binge Eating Disorder Association
Black Women’s Health Imperative
The Cardiovascular & Metabolic Health Foundation
Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
Dermatology Nurses’ Association
Endocrine Society
Endometriosis Association
HealthyWomen

Hormone Health Network
International Society of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses
Jewish Diabetes Association
Latino Medical Student Association
March of Dimes
The National Alliance to Advance Adolescent Health
National Association for Rural Mental Health
National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists
National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health (NPWH)
National Black Nurses Association
National Council of Asian Pacific Islander Physicians
National Eating Disorders Association
National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties
National Stroke Association
North American Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology
Obesity Action Coalition (OAC)
Obesity Medicine Association
The Obesity Society
Pediatric Endocrine Society
Postpartum Health Alliance
Preeclampsia Foundation
Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association
RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association
Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine
Society for Health Psychology
Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Society for Pediatric Dermatology
Society for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (SREI)
Society for Women’s Health Research
Society of Gynecologic Oncology
Society of Pediatric Nurses
Suicide Awareness Voices of Education
A TIME/A Torah Infertility Medium of Exchange
Tinina Q. Cade Foundation
The White Dress Project

 

LETTERS OF SUPPORT FOR
H.RES.495 AND S.RES.336

View the letters of support for H.Res.495 and S.Res.336.

H.Res.495 Sponsor

Rep. Scott, David [D-GA-13]

Original Cosponsors

Rep. Eshoo, Anna G. [D-CA-18]
Rep. Jackson Lee, Sheila [D-TX-18]
Rep. Gonzalez-Colon, Jenniffer [R-PR-At Large]
Rep. Clarke, Yvette D. [D-NY-9]
Rep. Marshall, Roger W. [R-KS-1]
Rep. Kelly, Robin L. [D-IL-2]
Rep. Evans, Dwight [D-PA-2]
Rep. Larsen, Rick [D-WA-2]
Rep. Norton, Eleanor Holmes [D-DC-At Large]
Rep. Roybal-Allard, Lucille [D-CA-40]
Rep. Butterfield, G. K. [D-NC-1]
Rep. Watson Coleman, Bonnie [D-NJ-12]
Rep. Lewis, John [D-GA-5]
Rep. Kaptur, Marcy [D-OH-9]
Rep. Cohen, Steve [D-TN-9]
Rep. Bishop, Sanford D., Jr. [D-GA-2]
Rep. Johnson, Henry C. “Hank,” Jr. [D-GA-4]
Rep. Ros-Lehtinen, Ileana [R-FL-27]
Rep. Fudge, Marcia L. [D-OH-11]
Rep. Speier, Jackie [D-CA-14]

Cosponsors

Rep. Young, David [R-IA-3]
Rep. Comstock, Barbara [R-VA-10]
Rep. Lee, Barbara [D-CA-13]
Rep. Grijalva, Raul M. [D-AZ-3]
Rep. Pingree, Chellie [D-ME-1]
Rep. Maloney, Carolyn B. [D-NY-12]
Rep. Hastings, Alcee L. [D-FL-20]
Rep. Johnson, Eddie Bernice [D-TX-30]
Rep. McGovern, James P. [D-MA-2]
Rep. Garrett, Thomas A., Jr. [R-VA-5]
Rep. Lawson, Al, Jr. [D-FL-5]
Rep. Beatty, Joyce [D-OH-3]
Rep. Sewell, Terri A. [D-AL-7]
Rep. LoBiondo, Frank A. [R-NJ-2]
Rep. King, Peter T. [R-NY-2]
Rep. Boyle, Brendan F. [D-PA-13]
Rep. Kuster, Ann M. [D-NH-2]
Rep. Lawrence, Brenda L. [D-MI-14]
Rep. Ruppersberger, C. A. Dutch [D-MD-2]
Rep. Cleaver, Emanuel [D-MO-5]
Rep. Schakowsky, Janice D. [D-IL-9]
Rep. Brown, Anthony G. [D-MD-4]
Rep. Esty, Elizabeth H. [D-CT-5]
Rep. Kennedy, Joseph P., III [D-MA-4]
Rep. Lujan Grisham, Michelle [D-NM-1]
Rep. Payne, Donald M., Jr. [D-NJ-10]
Rep. Conyers, John, Jr. [D-MI-13]
Rep. Meng, Grace [D-NY-6]
Rep. Foster, Bill [D-IL-14]
Rep. Velazquez, Nydia M. [D-NY-7]
Rep. Takano, Mark [D-CA-41]
Rep. Katko, John [R-NY-24]
Rep. Lofgren, Zoe [D-CA-19]
Rep. Pocan, Mark [D-WI-2]
Rep. Roe, David P. [R-TN-1]
Rep. Ferguson, A. Drew, IV [R-GA-3]
Rep. Moulton, Seth [D-MA-6]
Rep. Rice, Kathleen M. [D-NY-4]
Rep. Handel, Karen C. [R-GA-6]
Rep. Allen, Rick W. [R-GA-12]
Rep. Richmond, Cedric L. [D-LA-2]
Rep. Raskin, Jamie [D-MD-8]
Rep. Chu, Judy [D-CA-27]
Rep. Yarmuth, John A. [D-KY-3]
Rep. Brady, Robert A. [D-PA-1]
Rep. Fortenberry, Jeff [R-NE-1]

S.Res.336 Co-Leaders

Sen. Warren, Elizabeth [D-MA]
Sen. Perdue, David [R-GA]

Original Cosponsors

Sen. Baldwin, Tammy [D-WI]
Sen. Blumenthal, Richard [D-CT]
Sen. Booker, Cory A. [D-NJ]
Sen. Feinstein, Dianne [D-CA]
Sen. Isakson, Johnny [R-GA]
Sen. Fischer, Deb [R-NE]

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