Our Policy Priorities

Because ignoring the pain and disability of arthritis is unacceptable, the Arthritis Foundation is working to conquer this debilitating disease and make a positive impact on the lives of people with arthritis.  Follow the links below to find more information on our advocacy priorities and sample letters you can send to your Members of Congress urging them to step forward and take action on these important issues. Download the one-page summary of our advocacy priorities.

Access to Care

Research & Prevention


This list in no way encompasses all of the areas for legislative action. That's why we welcome your ideas for enhancing the arthritis advocacy agenda. Send your thoughts to advocacy@arthritis.org.

AF Board of Directors Position Statements

  • Read the Arthritis Foundation position statement on Biosimilars passed on July 20, 2013.
  • Read the Arthritis Foundation position statement on excessive cost sharing (specialty tiers) for high cost medication.  The statement was passed on November 19, 2011.

Arthritis Foundation Appropriation Requests

Click the following links to read the AF's testimony to the House and Senate Appropriations Committees.

Our 2013 Accomplishments

Policy Resources

OA Agenda - A National Public Health Agenda for Osteoarthritis. Read more.

Find out how you can take action with the National Arthritis Action Plan. View the plan here, then visit the link.

The Advocacy and Access team is based in downtown Washington, DC.  To contact the department, please see the below information:

Arthritis Foundation Department of Advocacy and Access
1615 L St., NW, Suite 320
Washington, DC 20036




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