Vol. 1, Issue 2 - June 2010
Rep. Capp Speaks Out Against Arthritis
In recognition of Arthritis Awareness Month, Congresswoman Lois Capps (D-CA) submitted a statement for the Congressional Record, on May 28, 2010. In the statement, she encouraged her colleagues to support H.R. 1210, Arthritis Prevention, Control and Cure Act, which currently enjoys 174 cosponsors. Click to read.
Arthritis Advocates Take on Capitol Hill
New photos of Arthritis Advocates on Capitol Hill, such as this one with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (NV), can be viewed on our site. Want to join in on the fun? Save the Date for the 2011 Advocacy Summit: Feb 28- March 2!
2 Advocates to Serve At the Dept. of Defense's New Arthritis Research Program
Congratulations to Drs. Laura Robbins and Jan Wyatt for earning positions on the DOD's Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program's Osteoarthritis Review Panel as consumer reviewers for grant applications. The Arthritis Foundation advocated these new arthritis research dollars and on behalf of Drs. Robbins and Wyatt.
Regional Bit: Advocacy Shines at Indiana Walk
Rep. Brad Ellsworth (IN-8) joined Walk Young Hero Payton Pierce to kick off the 2010 Evansville, Indiana Walk. Thanks to both Rep. Ellsworth and Payton for fighting arthritis at home and in Washington! Click to read the full story.
2 Nominated for the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute
The Arthritis Foundation will nominate our own CEO, Dr. John Klippel, and Ms. Debra Lappin, JD of B & D Consulting for consumer advocacy positions at the Board of Governors on Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCOR). PCOR was recently established by the new health care law and will manage the government's investment in comparative effectiveness research (CER). To learn more about CER, click here.
Taking on the Medicare Donut Hole: Checks in the Mail
Checks are in the mail or on their way for Medicare beneficiaries in the donut hole. The $250 rebate is one of the first benefits of the new health care law. By 2020 nobody will pay more than 25% of the cost of any drugs, including biologics, in the donut hole. Please call Medicare at 1-800-633-4227 or read here for more information. Officials warn Part D enrollees to carefully avoid anyone who claims to be from "the government" or from "Medicare" asking for personal information. For more information, please feel free to contact Kimberly Beer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Great Work, Advocates! Arthritis Act June Cosponsors:
Senator Thad Cochran (MS)
Representative Marsha Blackburn (TN-07)
Click Here to write your members of Congress and ask them to support the Arthritis Prevention, Control and Cure Act!