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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.
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 2018 Advocates for Arthritis is closed.