Arthritis Agenda: Advocacy E-newsletter

Welcome to the Arthritis Agenda, an advocacy newsletter of the Arthritis Foundation.

 
July 2006
Volume 7, No. 3

Arthritis Prevention, Control and Cure Act Update

We are proud to announce that, as of June 30, the Arthritis Prevention, Control & Cure Act (S. 424/H.R. 583) has 46 cosponsors in the Senate and 194 cosponsors in the House of Representatives. This represents the hard work done by Chapter staff and advocates, like you, across the nation. In order for the bill to move forward and become law, more Members of Congress need to know the importance of this legislation and indicate their support by cosponsoring.

As a constituent, YOU hold the power. Make your voice heard and your Members of Congress will listen.

From July 31 through September 4, Congress will have its Summer Recess. Members will be working in their local district offices; participating in town forums, and meeting with constituents.

If you are interested in participating in a district meeting, or attending a town forum scheduled by your Members of Congress, please contact your local Arthritis Foundation Chapter. You can also help with just a click of the mouse from the air conditioned comfort of the indoors. Visit the Arthritis Foundation’s Arthritis Action Center at http://capwiz.com/arthritis/home/. The Action Center will help you determine if your Members of Congress are currently cosponsors of the legislation.  “Thank You for Cosponsoring” or “Please Cosponsor” letters will be provided for you to personalize with your own story of how arthritis impacts your life and email to your Members of Congress.

Need a few talking points?

Arthritis is the nation’s leading cause of disability. Forty-three (43) million Americans have doctor-diagnosed arthritis. Arthritis costs the economy $86 billion a year. The bill will strengthen arthritis public health initiatives and help ensure that more people are diagnosed early, thus avoiding further pain and disability. The legislation will also ensure that the limited federal funding for arthritis research is used in the most strategic and efficient manner. Finally, it addresses the critical shortage of pediatric rheumatologists so that children can be diagnosed and treated early, which will have lifelong implications.

Still not sure what to say or write?  Tell the Member and their staff how arthritis impacts YOUR life. Imagine if Congress heard from all 43 million Americans with arthritis—have they heard from YOU yet?

For more information or for assistance, contact the Public Policy & Advocacy Department, 202-887-1700, or check the web site.
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