Welcome to Advocacy Summit 2014!

The 2014 Advocacy Summit will be held March 24th-26th at the Capital Hilton in downtown Washington, DC. 

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Not going to the 2014 Advocacy Summit?  You can follow our virtual summit by clicking here.

About the Summit:

The Advocacy Summit is an annual event when people living with and affected by arthritis come from every corner of the United States to convene in Washington, DC.. There they learn how to advocate and build a continuing relationship with their Members of Congress and their staff. 

Together, with other advocates and Arthritis Foundation staff, meet with legislators and staff on Capitol Hill to tell Congress that ignoring arthritis is unacceptable and more needs to be done for people with arthritis.  If we don't let Congress know that something must be done about the pain, cost and disability of arthritis, no one else will!

 

Our Issues

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.

Take Action

 

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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.

Take Action

 

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