Virtual Summit

Hundreds are gathered in Washington, DC to meet with Congress and ask them to take a stand in the fight against arthritis by supporting the three issues arthritis advocates indicated were most important.

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But to get the attention of Congress, hundreds of voices aren’t enough. We need your help. Send each of the messages below to your legislators and echo our voice. We’ve already drafted a message for you, but be sure to edit it and share your personal arthritis story! It’s time for Congress to #FaceArthritis.

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Make Arthritis Medications More Affordable

By passing the Patients’ Access to Treatments Act (HR 460). This law puts an end to unfair costsharing practiced by many commercial insurers that keeps biologics financially out of reach.

 

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Support Arthritis Research

By keeping arthritis research at priority at the Department of Defense’s Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program.

 

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Increase the Number of Pediatric Rheumatologists

By reauthorizing the Pediatric Subspecialty Loan Repayment Program. This program offers student loan forgiveness for new pediatric rheumatologists willing to practice in underserved communities in America.

 

 

Live Blogs

Dr. Lori Schnieders

A professor at the University of Maine and longtime advocate lives with rheumatoid arthritis

Kim Miller

Juvenile Arthritis Mom extraordinaire, Kim, blogs alongside her two sons living with juvenile arthritis.

Katherine Herrmann

Join the 2013 Emerging Leader in Advocacy Award Winner, Katherine Herrmann, as she shares a young adult perspective on the Advocacy Summit.