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TAKE CARE: Advocacy Blog Series Medicare Advantage Plan Change Coming in 2019

TAKE CARE: Advocacy Blog Series Medicare Advantage Plan Change Coming in 2019

Considering a Medicare Advantage plan for 2019? An important change is coming that you should know about! The administration recently released guidance that allows Medicare Advantage (MA) plans to use step therapy. This is new for next year and a few health insurers have already said they will institute the policy. In this week’s Take Care blog, we break down the issue to help you make the best choice during open enrollment season. Remember: Medicare open enrollment has already started and continues through December 7. Read on to get the scoop on this change to Medicare Advantage plans. What is step therapy? Step ...more
Let's Get A Grip on Arthritis: Make Your Dedication Today

Let's Get A Grip on Arthritis: Make Your Dedication Today

The Arthritis Foundation is bringing arthritis out of the shadows of isolation and misinformation through an unprecedented cause campaign about the disease’s far-reaching impact. It’s time to take arthritis seriously. The public needs to understand that arthritis is a lot more serious than many think. They need to know that arthritis makes everyday tasks painful and difficult, sometimes impossible. Most of all, that arthritis steals quality of life, keeping people from doing the things they love. Arthritis affects one in every four adults and 300,000 children. Chances are a loved one or friend is suffering. Visit our dedications page to see how ...more
Falling Leaves and Aching Joints: Combat the Pain Caused by Cooler Temps

Falling Leaves and Aching Joints: Combat the Pain Caused by Cooler Temps

Fall is a beautiful time of year – but along with changing leaves and cooler temps can come painful arthritis flares and inflamed joints. Changes in weather are often a source of discomfort for people with arthritis. Thankfully, there are ways you can lessen the impact cooler temps have on your joints, including making a pain plan that works for you. Stay Active When the temperature dips, your joints can react by becoming stiff and inflamed. And while it may seem like resting might do your body good, your joints will feel much better with a little movement. Exercise can help warm ...more
The 15-Minute Arthritis Workout

The 15-Minute Arthritis Workout

When it comes to exercise, sometimes less is more. Research suggests a workout that’s just 15 minutes can pay off – if you do it right. These workouts often involve high-intensity interval training (HIIT) – short bursts of hard effort, which have been shown to burn more calories than the slow and steady approach, says Matt Likins, an orthopedic physical therapist and partner of 1st Choice Physical Therapy in Michigan. A study published in 2016 in PLoS One, found that people who did 10 minutes of sprint intervals on a stationary bike had heart-healthy benefits similar to those who biked for ...more
Find Your Voice & Share Your Story at the Live Yes! Advocacy Summit

Find Your Voice & Share Your Story at the Live Yes! Advocacy Summit

Mark your calendars! This year’s Live Yes! Advocacy Summit will 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 Arthritis Foundation Live Yes! Advocacy Summit is a vigorous two-day conference for people across the country who want to own an important role in the fight against arthritis. Attendees learn how to use their voice and arthritis story to demonstrate the consequences of arthritis and the barriers ...more
Rethinking Life With Severe Osteoarthritis

Rethinking Life With Severe Osteoarthritis

As part of our vetting process for Arthritis by the Numbers – a collection of verified arthritis facts and figures – we invited patients to comment on the disease section that most affected their lives. After all, they are the experts on how the disease changes and challenges everyday living. Meet Kathy Geller, who touched many lives during the years she spent as an Arthritis Foundation exercise trainer and education program presenter – a role model for successful self-management. Following, in her own words, is Kathy’s story about living with severe degenerative osteoarthritis (OA) and how the statistics she reviewed in ...more
ACR 2018 Sessions Include Drug Pricing, OA Treatments, Diet as Therapy

ACR 2018 Sessions Include Drug Pricing, OA Treatments, Diet as Therapy

The American College of Rheumatology (ACR) reports there were currently 15,000 attendees representing 106 countries at the 2018 Annual Meeting in Chicago and more than 3,000 abstracts on exhibit. Also on tap: session after session highlighting the newest research and filling in information gaps, and the Arthritis Foundation’s Patient Reps are hard at work going to them and reporting back with their findings and impressions.    Donna Dernier attended a session called “Mechanics of PBMs and Patient Access to Medications.” PBMs, which stands for Pharmacy Benefit Managers, are the groups that work between drug manufacturers and health insurance plans that decide which ...more
You Said It: Your Go-To Source of Information

You Said It: Your Go-To Source of Information

Some days you experience a symptom and wonder if it’s part of your arthritis. Sometimes an arthritis-related question pops into your head. You may not want to wait until your next doctor appointment to ask. So, we asked our readers and followers, “What or who is your go-to source for everyday or spur of the moment arthritis questions?” The tools and resources section on the Arthritis Foundation website is a great resource. I also think the Foundation’s hotline is one of the most overlooked resources. – Helen King, Arthritis Support Network Leader, King of Prussia, Pennsylvania The RA forum on Facebook. Most of ...more
Patient Perspectives at the American College of Rheumatology Conference

Patient Perspectives at the American College of Rheumatology Conference

“Patient perspective,” “patient-reported outcomes” and “shared decision making” are hot topics at the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) 2018 Annual Meeting in Chicago. In fact, many patients – including some of the Arthritis Foundation’s patient representatives – are attending the four-day event, which highlights rheumatology developments and draws medical professionals and researchers from around the world.   Donna Dernier, one of the Arthritis Foundation’s Patient Reps, reports that she ran into Hazel Breland, PhD, the incoming president of the Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals (AHRP), a division of the ACR. “She noticed my Patient Rep Sticker and stopped to say how glad she was to see patients involved with so many aspects of health care,” says Dernier.   Besides attending the conference, patients are getting involved in many ways. Four patients affiliated ...more
Beauty and Fashion: Tips with Arthritis

Beauty and Fashion: Tips with Arthritis

It’s no secret, looking good can help you feel good. However, achieving your best look – especially in the face of ever-present pain and inflammation – can be beset with challenges. Our experts share how to put your best beauty and fashion foot forward. Use a dispenser in the shower. Instead of a bar of soap or bottles of shampoo and conditioner, which you’ll need to retrieve if dropped, use a push-button body wash, shampoo and conditioner dispenser that can be mounted to the shower wall. Use bathing mitts to ease scrubbing and long-handled brushes and loofas for tough-to-reach spots. Wash hair with ...more