Advocate for Arthritis

As an Arthritis Advocate, you’ll feel good about taking action to make health care more accessible.

Nationwide Accomplishments

120

Legislative Wins nationwide since 2014

150K

Advocates sharing their stories

12

Legislative Days in 2019

300

participants in the 2019 Advocacy Summit

Advocacy & Access

People with arthritis face unique barriers to care - - high costs of treatment, difficulty accessing medications, scarcity of specialists and insurance that limits access to treatment. But through the Arthritis Foundation’s nationwide network of committed Advocates, we’re fighting to address key policy issues on both the state and federal levels with lawmakers, insurers, employers and regulators.

Federal
Advocacy News and Letters

The Arthritis Foundation is committed to advocating for legislation that makes treating and researching arthritis easier. Read about our advocacy efforts over the past couple years below.

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State
Meet our Advocacy Team

Meet our Advocacy team. Our Advocacy Leadership Team is here to support you in taking your first steps. Elected officials want to hear from you, and its our job to help you effectively communicate with them and achieve your goals.

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Tools & Resources
Advocacy 101

Becoming an advocate for issues related to arthritis may be easier than you think. Learn how to work with your local officials to impact legislation that can help you and your loved ones who suffer from arthritis.

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Tools & Resources
Arthritis Advocacy Glossary

If you are an advocate for issues related to arthritis, use this glossary to keep up with the latest term and phrases.

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Federal
Addressing the Pediatric Rheumatology Shortage

There is a critical shortage of pediatric rheumatologists in the U.S., with only 420 board-certified and practicing physicians to treat young people with arthritis.

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Federal
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.

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Federal
Reform Step Therapy Practices

Step Therapy takes treatment choices out of the hands of physicians and patients and at the whim of insurers. Let’s restore the doctor-patient relationship.

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Federal
Research for a Cure

Arthritis has no cure. As the number one cause of disability in the U.S., the time has come for federal investments in arthritis research to match the disease’ impact.

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Issue Briefs
CBD Guidance for Adults with Arthritis

Learn more about our advocacy position on CBD oil.

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Issue Briefs
Surprise Billing

Each year thousands of patients seeking treatment for arthritis are met with unexpectedly large medical bills, due to confusing relationships between insurance providers, health care providers and health care facilities. Learn more about surprise billing here.

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Issue Briefs
Step Therapy

Have you or someone you love been forced to endure excessive pain due to step therapy? Our survey of 1,400 patients found that over 50 percent of patients reported having to try two or more drugs prior to getting the one their doctor originally recommended.

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Issue Briefs
Prior Authorization

Many patients seeking medication vital to their arthritis treatment are held up by prior authorization, a process in which a physician must submit tedious paper work before writing a prescription. Find out what can be done to simplify this process.

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Issue Briefs
Insurance Plan Transparency

Getting proper arthritis treatment through an insurance provider can be difficult due to prior authorization, cost sharing and step therapy requirements. Find out why insurance plan transparency is so critical to arthritis patients.

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Issue Briefs
Out of Pocket Costs

Learn more about our advocacy position on the issue of out of pocket costs, including the current survey data trends, the solutions we endorse and current legislative trends.

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Issue Briefs
Mid-Year Plan Changes

Learn more about our advocacy position on the issue of mid-year insurance plan changes, including the solutions we endorse and current legislative trends.

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Issue Briefs
Network Adequacy

Learn more about our advocacy position on the issue of network adequacy, including what it is, the solutions we endorse and current legislative trends.

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Issue Briefs
Market Stabilization

Learn more about why we advocate for individual health insurance market stabilization, including the solutions we endorse and current legislative trends.

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Tools & Resources
Calling Elected Officials

Looking to be an advocate for those living with arthritis? Read these tips for calling your local elected official and start making an impact now.

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Tools & Resources
Engaging on Social Media

Learn to be an advocate for arthritis on social media with these tips. From Facebook to Youtube—we have tips to make your advocacy efforts more impactful.

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Tools & Resources
How a Bill Becomes A Law

Learn all the steps a bill must take to become a law. From being drafted by your senator to the hands of the president—read about the journey.

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Tools & Resources
Visiting Elected Officials

Looking to advocate for issues related to arthritis? Learn some tips for setting up a visit with one of your local elected officials.

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Tools & Resources
Writing a Letter to the Editor

Looking to be an advocate for arthritis research and treatment? Learn some tips for writing a “Letter to the Editor” to your favorite publication.

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Tools & Resources
Writing an Op Ed

Submitting an op-ed to your favorite publication can be a great way to educate more on the needs of millions of Americans living with arthritis. Learn some tips and tricks here.

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Tools & Resources
Writing to Elected Officials

Use these tips to reach out to your local elected officials. Writing a well-crafted email could make a big difference in future legislation that impacts those living with arthritis.

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Video Training
Advocate Webinar Series

Every month, the Arthritis Foundation hosts a number of live webinars. Our Advocate Webinars are monthly 30-minute calls to dive a bit deeper into advocacy topics. You’ll hear from special guest speakers, experts, and Advocates like you.

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Video Training
Ambassador Briefings

Ambassador Briefings are bi-monthly opportunities to connect with our Ambassador program, state and federal updates, and action opportunities.

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Video Training
Webinar Archive

Every month, the Arthritis Foundation hosts a number of live webinars. Our Advocate Webinars are monthly 30-minute calls to dive a bit deeper into advocacy topics. You’ll hear from special guest speakers, experts, and Advocates like you.

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State
Legislative Victory Map

Arthritis Foundation Advocates have played a pivotal role in more than 120 state legislative victories across the country since 2014. Whether its sending a letter to a legislator, meeting in person with a policy maker, or even testifying about a particular issue, our Advocates and Ambassadors make a difference by sharing their stories. See our victories.

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Tools & Resources
Advocacy Resources

Find and download all of the advocacy resources needed to get informed, get involved, and get motivated to make your story heard by decision makers.

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Take Action

Check out our turnkey resources to learn who your elected officials are, what opportunities we have to advocate from the comfort of your own home, federal and state legislation, and more! 

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Become an Ambassador

Arthritis Ambassadors are volunteers committed to taking part in the democratic process and serve as liaisons between the Arthritis Foundation and their Congressional District’s Representative. Each Ambassador’s efforts are crucial to the success of the Arthritis Foundation. 

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Advocacy Events

The Summit is a forum for volunteers who are dedicated to making a long-term commitment to leadership in Arthritis Foundation advocacy. It is an opportunity to both build relationships with your elected officials and empower and engage other people in your community who are impacted by arthritis. 

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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.

I Want to Contribute
I Need Help
  • Donate

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

  • Volunteer

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

  • Live Yes! INSIGHTS

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

  • Partner

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

Donate


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.

Volunteer


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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Partner


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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