Mark your calendars! This year’sLive Yes! Advocacy Summitwill take place on March 11-12, 2019 in Washington, D.C. and it won’t be a success without your voices from across the country. Join us in the nation’s capitol and share your story with policymakers to break down barriers to care for people with arthritis.
The 2017 Advocacy Summit was held March 6-7 in Washington, DC, and while the outcome is still developing, we are very pleased with the results thus far.
Arthritis affects people regardless of age or origin, so it was no surprise that this year’s Summit attendees were a mix of all ages from coast to coast.More than 400 people from 45 states attended.
Continue readingSuccess at Summit! Advocates Meet with Congress as American Health Care Act Released
Day two of theAdvocacy Summitstarted with lots of chatter about the Trump administration’s unveiling of repeal and replace health care legislation.
Several aspects of the bill align with ourPatient Principles for Health Carewhich outlines four principles that, if adopted, will result in a transparent health care system that allows easier access to more affordable care. The bill includes language that prevents denying coverage for people with preexisting conditions, bans lifetime coverage caps and allows young people to remain on their parent’s insurance plans until they turn 26-years-old – all good news for the arthritis community!
Continue readingAdvocacy Summit Day 2 Highlights: Advocates Meet with State and Federal Policymakers to Share Their Stories
They came from places like Runnels, a small town in Iowa with 507 residents, and New York City, the second largest city in the world.
People like Leticia Hugues and her son, Ashton, from Smiths Grove Kentucky, Lydia Meyer and her daughter Susanna from Reno, Nevada, and Kelli Carlson from Woodbury Minnesota and her friend Kelli Dwyer from La Crosse, Wisconsin.
Continue reading400 Volunteers Prepare for Meetings with Congress: Advocacy Summit Day 1 Highlights
A record number of individuals have achieved the Arthritis Foundation’s highest advocacy honor in 2016 and became PlatinumAmbassadors. At the 2017Advocacy Summit, March 6-7, in Washington, DC, 41 new Platinum Ambassadors will be recognized for their outstanding advocacy accomplishments on behalf of the arthritis community.
Platinum Ambassadors are an elite group of Advocates who go above and beyond the call of duty by accomplishing a challenging list of advocacy assignments along with four bonus activities, all while raising funds to support the Foundation’s mission to conquer and cure arthritis.
“Platinum Ambassadors are the special forces of our Advocate army,” said Sandie Preiss, national vice president, Advocacy & Access. “They use their voice and arthritis stories, at an elevated level of frequency and sophistication, to help knock down barriers to health care.”
Continue readingRecord Number of Advocates Earn Platinum Ambassador Status
Arthritis is not just your grandparent’s disease, and at this year’s Advocacy Summit, our young participants will tell Members of Congress that kids get arthritis, too!
On March 6 and 7, more than 400 people affected by arthritis from all across the country will convene in Washington, DC, as part of the Arthritis Foundation’s2017 Advocacy Summit.
Attendees will include an estimated 100 kids and teens who will participate in a specialKidsandHigh SchoolSummit track. Uniquely designed for kids/teens who are affected byjuvenile arthritis儿童风湿病，这一轨道包括互动活动，将赋予他们所需的技能和信心，以提高对关节炎社区的认识，无论老少，并帮助改变对这种疾病的看法。Then they will meet with Members of Congress, educating them aboutbarriers to health careand motivating them to consider all people who live with arthritis when they design health care legislation.
Continue readingMore than 100 Kids and Teens to Meet with Members of Congress at Advocacy Summit
Arthritis knows no political affiliation. It affects more than 50 million adults and an estimated 300,000 kids in the U.S., regardless of where they live or for whom they voted. We want to assure you that your voice is being heard by both Republicans and Democrats, especially as lawmakers consider changes to our healthcare system.
Staci Penner and Graci Diggs have devoted their voices, stories and wholehearted advocacy efforts to helping the arthritis community live better lives. Today, we celebrate their advocacy efforts by announcing their selection for the Arthritis Foundation’s Edward M. Kennedy Advocacy Leadership Award and Emerging Leader Award, respectively.
Continue readingStaci Penner and Graci Diggs Selected for Advocacy & Access High Honors
While many people with arthritis face different barriers to care, they will stand united in the fight against arthritis and say Yes to Access at the 2017 Advocacy Summit, March 6-7 in Washington, DC.
Continue readingYes to Access! Registration for the 2017 Advocacy Summit Now Open
They came from small towns, big towns, places you’ve never heard of before, and places you dream to visit. Places like North Newton, Kansas, which is home to Bethel College and roughly 1,700 people. And places like New York, New York, home to 8.4 million people, Broadway and Times Square. But they all had one thing in common – arthritis!
On March 14-15, 2016, more than 390 people affected by arthritis traveled to Washington, D.C. to participate in ourAdvocacy Summit.
Continue readingStellar Results for Arthritis Community Achieved at the 2016 Advocacy Summit!