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Advocates for Arthritis is an annual event that brings together rheumatology professionals and patients to advocate on behalf of the rheumatology community. During the event, attendees will hear from top representatives from key legislative and regulatory agencies and meet with their members of Congress to discuss current issues affecting the rheumatology community. Participating in Advocates for Arthritis is a great way for ACR and ARP members to engage in the legislative process and increase awareness of rheumatology on Capitol Hill.
Calling all advocates!
On September 9 - 10, ACR and ARP physicians, health professionals, and patients will converge on our nation’s capital to make our voices heard for rheumatology. The program will include advocacy training, prominent guest speakers, and visits with senators and representatives in Congress. RheumPAC, Government Affairs, Board members, and fellows-in-training attending Advocacy 101 will arrive in D.C. early to meet on September 8.
To apply, please complete the application by July 12. ACR and ARP members who serve on the Government Affairs Committee, RheumPAC Committee, and Executive Committee do not need to complete the application.
The ACR also welcomes patients to participate in Advocates for Arthritis. If you know of a patient who has a compelling story or would be a strong advocate to communicate the importance of access to treatments, access to rheumatology, and access to care, please encourage him/her to apply.
The ACR covers travel and costs for this important experience to affect health policy and the future of our subspecialty.
On September 24 - 25, nearly 100 rheumatologists, representatives of the broader interprofessional team, and patients converged on our nation’s capital to make our voices heard for rheumatology.
Issues on the agenda included threats to cut Medicare evaluation and management (E&M) services; increasing access to dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA); support of the Restoring the Patient’s Voice Act (H.R. 2077), to eliminate the practice of step therapy; and asking for dedicated, line-item research funding for arthritis in the Department of Defense’s Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP).
Read the full 2018 Advocates for Arthritis recap
If you are interested in joining us in DC, please check back on this page when the application period is open. In the meantime, here are a few suggestions for how to get involved throughout the year.
Help Strengthen the ACR’s Voice in Washington, D.C.
Set up a Local Meeting with your Elected Officials
We must stay united to affect change. Contact your elected officials and make your voice heard. To find your legislators’ contact information or for more information on ACR advocacy activities, contact the ACR government affairs staff at email@example.com or visit the Advocacy page.
This event is open to all ACR and ARP members and patients residing in the United States. Applicants must have a strong interest in advocating on behalf of rheumatology related issues.
Application to participate in the 2019 Advocates for Arthritis is open. Apply Now