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Advocacy at JA Summer Camps 

Campers at the Heartland Region’s two summer camps, Camp Spirit and Camp JAM, participated in a letter writing project. These letters asked Members of Congress to cosponsor two pieces of legislation: HR 460 (Patients’ Access to Treatments Act) and HR 1827 (Pediatric Subspecialty Loan Repayment Program).  read more

How You Can Help

The Arthritis Foundation promotes government and private sector action to improve the lives of the 50 million Americans living with arthritis and chronic joint symptoms. We need your help, however, to get more government funding for arthritis research, to encourage early diagnosis and comprehensive treatment, and to improve access to quality health care for everyone with arthritis.  read more

Arthritis Foundation Urges Legislators to Streamline Patient Access to Meds

The Arthritis Foundation is one of 20 Illinois health advocacy organizations, representing millions of patients, which has sent a letter to the Illinois General Assembly supporting H.B. 3638 and S.B. 2585 and stating, in part:

“Standardization of prior authorization should be part of Illinois’ efforts to improve health care and reduce costs, as it has clear implications for improved efficiency and enhanced patient outcomes. As organizations that represent a wide variety of patients, we urge you to support legislation that would standardize the state’s prior authorization system.” Read the press release.

Heartland Region Ambassador Attends Arthritis Industry Forum

The Arthritis Foundation recently convened its fifth Arthritis Industry Forum in Washington, D.C. that brought together 48 industry stakeholders who represented 19 organizations.  The 2013 industry members included representatives from pharmaceutical, biotech and device companies as well as arthritis advocates who shared their personal stories of how they live with arthritis.

This year, one of the sessions focused on patient advocates and featured Alexa Wesley, an ambassador from Peoria, IL.  Alexa has juvenile arthritis, but that doesn’t stop her from advocating for the 50 million Americans with doctor-diagnosed arthritis. 

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This is your chance to hear about advocacy priorities impacting people with arthritis and take action!

Looking for more information?

Looking for more information on how to become involved, please contact Michele Guadalupe at or (312) 880-4736.

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