Build a Strong Congressional Arthritis Caucus
Arthritis is our nation’s leading cause of disability, resulting in an annual $156 billion price tag from direct (medical) and indirect (lost earnings) costs for osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis alone. More than 50 million Americans have arthritis now, and that number is expected to climb to 67 million within 20 years.
According to the CDC, one in 20 working age adults have to change jobs, stop working entirely, or reduce the hours they work due to arthritis. Arthritis pain is also a barrier to the treatment of other chronic diseases: 52% of adults with diabetes also have arthritis. Among this population, 29.8% report physical inactivity compared to 21% of those with diabetes alone.
What's more, the impact of arthritis is worse on racial and ethnic minority groups, as 44.6% of Non-Hispanic Blacks and 43.2% of Hispanics with arthritis report activity limitation.
The Arthritis Foundation urges Members of Congress to join the Congressional Arthritis Caucus and unite in the fight against arthritis.
How Your Members of Congress Can Take Action
The mission of the Bicameral Congressional Arthritis Caucus, chaired by Representative Anna G. Eshoo (D-CA) and David B. McKinley (R-WV), is to serve as a clearinghouse for information on arthritis and a bipartisan forum to aid Members of Congress in working together to address arthritis. The Caucus will strive to raise awareness about arthritis and work toward the goal of educating all Members about how arthritis impacts their communities and how to help support federal and local efforts addressing arthritis in all its forms.
For more information about this group or to join, please contact the offices of Representative Eshoo or Representative McKinley at the US Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3124.
How You Can Take Action on This Issue
- Learn about the impact of arthritis on your state.
- Print this guide and use it when meeting with members of the 115th Congress to introduce yourself and welcome them to office!
- Read the Congressional Arthritis Caucus issue brief.