State Advocacy

California Arthritis Foundation Council

2015 California Advocacy Summit – TBA
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2015-2016 Legislative Season Bill List
Check back in early 2015 to see what California bills the Arthritis Foundation is advocating on.

2014 California Advocacy Summit
On April 23, 2014, more than 30 Arthritis Foundation advocates gathered at the California State Capitol to share their story and advocate for the more than 5.2 million Californians living with arthritis. During the 2-day Advocacy Summit, attendees were able to tour the Capitol, receive legislative trainings, as well as meet their state Assemblymember and Senator. During those meetings, advocates asked for their legislators to support ACR 123 (May Arthritis Awareness Month), AB 889 (“step therapy” bill) and SB 1052 (“formulary transparency” bill).

Targeted District Travel Awards were available for advocates living in key districts.

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2014 Legislative Bill List

The California Arthritis Foundation Council advocated on the following bills in the 2013-2015 Legislative Season.

ACR 123 (Harkey) – Arthritis Awareness Month Resolution
Status: Signed by Governor Brown
Position: Sponsor 

SB 1052 (Torres) – Increases transparency on drug formularies and allows patients to know what they are getting before signing up for a health plan
Status: Signed by Governor Brown
Position: Support 

SB 889 (Frazier) – would have limited step therapy on pain medications (opioids)
Status: Failed to pass out of Assembly Appropriations Committee
Position: Sponsor

SB 1116 (Torres) – Aimed to addressing physician shortages through physician & surgeon loan repayment
Status: Signed by Governor Brown
Position: Approve

AB 2514 (Pan) – Aimed to addressing physician shortages through physician & surgeon loan tax credit
Status: Failed to pass out of Assembly Appropriations Committee
Position: Approve