Writing to Elected Officials

Write your local elected officials a letter to inform them on the importance of continued arthritis research and increased accessibility to treatment.

Emails to your elected officials and their staff are important. Whether you have recently met with them or this will be their first time hearing from you, email is an efficient and convenient method to communicate your message.  You can send a letter to your elected officials directly through our website in our Action Center

It may take several weeks for the elected official to receive your letter due to security protocol. Call your elected official’s office after a few weeks have passed to make sure the office has received your letter. 

Writing Tips

Address Your own elected offical

Your elected official wants to hear from constituents about issues that matter and affect them. Only address someone who doesn’t directly represent you if they are in a position of high leadership, such as the speaker of the House of Representatives, majority leader or committee chair.

Keep it brief

Limit the length of your letter to one page and only focus on one issue or piece of legislation.

Be Respectful

Do not use harsh or aggressive language or make personal attacks.

Open with an introduction

Start your letter with a short personal introduction. Make sure to include whether you are writing as a constituent or on behalf of an organization (or both).

State your purpose

Be clear about your reason for writing. If you are discussing a bill, be sure to include the bill’s name and number.

Share your personal story

Your letter should include your personal story, specific examples and key points that demonstrate the importance of your issue and help your elected official understand why this issue matters and affects his/her constituents.

Make a specific call to action

For example, “I ask that you vote for H.R. XXXX” – or “I urge you to support health care reform that includes greater access to affordable medication.”

Say thank you

Close your letter by thanking your elected official for their time and offering to answer any additional questions or providing further information. Include your contact information and sign the letter.

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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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. 


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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

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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.

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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.

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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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