Raising Awareness on Capitol Hill 

A challenge in conquering arthritis is awareness. An active Congressional Arthritis Caucus helps teach everyone on the Hill about the toll arthritis takes on us all. 

Raising Awareness with the Congressional Arthritis Caucus 

The mission of the Congressional Arthritis Caucus 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 works toward the goal of educating all Members about how arthritis impacts their communities and how to help support federal and local efforts that can address this chronic disease.

Why is the Congressional Arthritis Caucus Important?

Arthritis is our nation’s leading cause of disability.

This results in an annual $303 billion price tag from direct (medical) and indirect (lost earnings) costs. 

54 million Americans have arthritis now.

This number is expected to climb to 78 million by 2040.  

Arthritis affects job security.

According to the CDC, 1 in 20 working-age adults must change jobs, stop working entirely, or reduce the hours they work due to arthritis. 

Barrier to treatment of other chronic diseases.

47% of adults with diabetes, 49% of people with heart disease, and 30% of obese adults also have arthritis. 

Arthritis affects racial & ethnic populations disproportionately.

The prevelance of arthritis is lower, but the impact is greater. 44.6% of non-Hispanic Blacks and 43.2% of Hispanics with arthritis report activity limitation. 

Limited state funding.

20 percent of the population in all 50 states has arthritis and only 13 states are receiving funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
 

Who serves on the Congressional Arthritis Caucus? 


HOUSE 
Don Young (R-AK) 
Mo Brooks (R-AL) 
Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) 
Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) 
Anna Eshoo (D-CA) 
Julia Brownley (D-CA) 
Tony Cardenas (D-CA) 
Susan Davis (D-CA) 
Jared Huffman (D-CA) 
Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) 
Salud Carbajal (D-CA) 
Doris Matsui (D-CA) 
Jerry McNerney (D-CA) 
Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA) 
Raul Ruiz (D-CA) 
Linda Sanchez (D-CA) 
Adam Schiff (D-CA) 
Brad Sherman (D-CA) 
Eric Swalwell (D-CA) 
Norma Torres (D-CA) 
Maxine Waters (D-CA) 
Joe Courtney (D-CT) 
John Larson (D-CT) 
Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) 
Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-DE) 
Brian Mast (R-FL) 
Gus Bilirakis (R-FL) 
Alcee Hastings (D-FL) 
Ted Yoho (R-FL) 
Frederica Wilson (D-FL) 
Buddy Carter (R-GA)  
Rob Woodall (R-GA) 
 
Hank Johnson (D-GA) 
Steve King (R-IA) 
David Loebsack (D-IA) 
Cheri Bustos (D-IL) 
Danny Davis (D-IL) 
Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) 
Larry Bucshon (R-IN) 
Andy Barr (R-KY) 
Brett Guthrie (R-KY) 
Hal Rogers (R-KY) 
John Yarmuth (D-KY) 
Bill Keating (D-MA) 
Joe Kennedy (D-MA) 
Stephen Lynch (D-MA) 
Seth Moulton (D-MA) 
Jamie Raskin (D-MD) 
Debbie Dingell (D-MI) 
Brenda Lawrence (D-MI) 
Collin Peterson (D-MN) 
Betty McCollum (D-MN) 
Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO) 
Vicky Hartzler (R-MO) 
Patrick McHenry (R-NC) 
David Price (D-NC) 
Ann McLane Kuster (D-NH) 
Donald Norcross (D-NJ) 
Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) 
Frank Pallone (D-NJ) 
Donald Milford Payne (D-NJ) 
Eliot Engel (D-NY)] 
Peter King (R-NY) 
Nita Lowey (D-NY) 
 
Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY) 
Gregory Meeks (D-NY) 
Jose Serrano (D-NY) 
Lee Zeldin (R-NY) 
Joyce Beatty (D-OH) 
Steve Chabot (R-OH) 
David Joyce (R-OH) 
Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) 
Tim Ryan (D-OH) 
Steve Stivers (R-OH) 
Michael Turner (R-OH) 
Brad Wenstrup (R-OH) 
Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) 
Peter DeFazio (D-OR) 
Greg Walden (R-OR) 
Mike Doyle (D-PA) 
Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) 
Jim Langevin (D-RI) 
Joe Wilson (R-SC) 
Scott DesJarlais (R-TN) 
Jim Cooper (D-TN) 
Michael Burgess (R-TX) 
Mike Conaway (R-TX) 
Lloyd Doggett (D-TX) 
Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) 
Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) 
Kenny Marchant (R-TX) 
Filemon Vela (D-TX) 
Rob Bishop (R-UT) 
Chris Stewart (R-UT) 
Donald Beyer (D-VA) 
Gerry Connolly (D-VA) 
Stacey Plaskett (D-VI) 

Suzan DelBene (D-WA) 
Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA) 
Derek Kilmer (D-WA) 
Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) 
Adam Smith (D-WA) 
Ron Kind (D-WI) 
Mark Pocan (D-WI) 
David McKinley (R-WV) 
Alex Mooney (R-WV) 

 

SENATE 
John Boozman (R-AR) 
Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) 
Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) 
Michael Bennet (D-CO) 
Chris Murphy (D-CT) 
Tom Carper (D-DE) 
Chris Coons (D-DE) 
Jim Risch (R-ID) 
Todd Young (R-IN) 
Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) 
Angus King (I-ME) 
Jon Tester (D-MT) 
Kevin Cramer (R-ND) 
Deb Fischer (R-NE) 
Chuck Schumer (D-NY) 
Sherrod Brown (D-OH) 
Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) 
John Thune (R-SD) 
Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) 
Maria Cantwell (D-WA) 
Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) 
Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) 
John Barrasso (R-WY) 

Advocate for What's Right

As an Arthritis Advocate, you’ll feel good about taking action to make health care more accessible. Help shift the policy and public perception that affects those living with arthritis.

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  • Donate

    Donate

    Every gift to the Arthritis Foundation will help people with arthritis across the U.S. live their best life.

  • Volunteer

    Volunteer

    Join us and become a Champion of Yes. There are many volunteer opportunities available.

  • Live Yes! INSIGHTS

    Live Yes! INSIGHTS

    Take part to be among those changing lives today and changing the future of arthritis.

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    Proud Partners of the Arthritis Foundation make an annual commitment to directly support the Foundation’s mission.

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Make a Donation

Help millions of people live with less pain and fund groundbreaking research to discover a cure for this devastating disease. Please, make your urgently-needed donation to the Arthritis Foundation now!

Become a Member

Become an Arthritis Foundation member today for just $20. You'll receive a year's worth of Arthritis Today magazine, access to helpful tools, resources, and more.

Make a Honor or Memorial Gift

Honor a loved one with a meaningful donation to the Arthritis Foundation. We'll send a handwritten card to the honoree or their family notifying them of your thoughtful gift.

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Volunteer Opportunities

The Arthritis Foundation is focused on finding a cure and championing the fight against arthritis with life-changing information, advocacy, science and community. We can only achieve these goals with your help. Strong, outspoken and engaged volunteers will help us conquer arthritis. By getting involved, you become a leader in our organization and help make a difference in the lives of millions. Join us and become a Champion of Yes.


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Live Yes! INSIGHTS


Give Just 10 Minutes.

Tell us what matters most to you. Change the future of arthritis.

By taking part in the Live Yes! INSIGHTS assessment, you’ll be among those changing lives today and changing the future of arthritis, for yourself and for 54 million others. And all it takes is just 10 minutes.

Your shared experiences will help:

- Lead to more effective treatments and outcomes
- Develop programs to meet the needs of you and your community
- Shape a powerful agenda that fights for you

Now is the time to make your voice count, for yourself and the entire arthritis community. 

Currently this program is for the adult arthritis community.  Since the needs of the juvenile arthritis (JA) community are unique, we are currently working with experts to develop a customized experience for JA families. 


How are you changing the future?

By sharing your experience, you’re showing decision-makers the realities of living with arthritis, paving the way for change. You’re helping break down barriers to care, inform research and create resources that make a difference in people’s lives, including your own.

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Meet Our Partners

As a partner, you will help the Arthritis Foundation provide life-changing resources, science, advocacy and community connections for people with arthritis, the nations leading cause of disability. Join us today and help lead the way as a Champion of Yes.

Trailblazer

Our Trailblazers are committed partners ready to lead the way, take action and fight for everyday victories. They contribute $2,000,000 to $2,749,000

Visionary

Our Visionary partners help us plan for a future that includes a cure for arthritis. These inspired and inventive champions have contributed $1,500,00 to $1,999,999.

Pioneer

Our Pioneers are always ready to explore and find new weapons in the fight against arthritis. They contribute $1,000,000 to $1,499,999.

Pacesetter

Our Pacesetters ensure that we can chart the course for a cure for those who live with arthritis. They contribute $500,000 to $999,000.

Signature

Our Signature partners make their mark by helping us identify new and meaningful resources for people with arthritis. They contribute $250,000 to $499,999.

Supporting

Our Supporting partners are active champions who provide encouragement and assistance to the arthritis community. They contribute $100,000 to $249,999.

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