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Arthritis Champions Scholarship

Arthritis Champions Scholarship

November is National Scholarship Month and the Arthritis Foundation is proud to offer the Arthritis Champions Scholarship to deserving students across the country who exemplify the Champion of Yes spirit. Formerly, the Winterhoff Arthritis Scholarship, the Arthritis Champions Scholarship program is generously funded by the Walter J. and Kathryn M. Winterhoff Endowed Scholarship Fund and the NEW Dr. Smriti Bardhan College Scholarship Fund. In 2018, Dr. Smriti Bardhan College Scholarship Fund was created to help the next generation with arthritis achieve their goals.  Dr. Bardhan lived with boundless energy and a zest for life.  She did not let her rheumatoid arthritis ...more
Finding Her Light Within

Finding Her Light Within

Yoga Helped Eugenia Esquivel Cope With RA. Now She Teaches Others How It Can Restore Every Body. A couple dozen people in the yoga studio lie back on bolsters, their eyes closed and their arms resting loosely by their sides. “Give yourself permission to be supported,” instructor Eugenia Esquivel says gently. “Give yourself permission to rest.” Those are sentiments Eugenia takes to heart. The mindfulness she gains from yoga helps her cope with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). And the lessons she’s learned from her journey with RA shape her approach as a yoga instructor. Yoga can seem intimidating when it is portrayed by photos ...more
Expanding Your Expertise at the Live Yes! Advocacy Leadership Retreat

Expanding Your Expertise at the Live Yes! Advocacy Leadership Retreat

Big announcement! The Arthritis Foundation is excited to be hosting our top advocacy volunteers from around the country March 9-10, 2020, for the Advocacy Leadership Retreat in Washington, DC. At the Advocacy Leadership Retreat, participants will gain the tactical skills necessary to mobilize their local communities to break down barriers to care. This 301-style event is designed to provide opportunities for champion-level volunteers to teach and learn from their peers. Intended for our most advanced advocacy volunteers over 18 years old, including Platinum Ambassadors and advocacy committee members, the Advocacy Leadership Retreat is an event run by volunteers, for volunteers. This special ...more
How to Change Unreasonable Insurance Rules

How to Change Unreasonable Insurance Rules

Tricia’s story is like many others trying to make arthritis coverage more affordable My name is Tricia Mershon, and I live with my family in Corona, California. At the age of 3, my daughter, Rachel, was found to have a dysfunctional immune system. Her tiny body failed to mount a response to infection, and various disease specialists were able to document the phenomenon but unable to pinpoint a cause. Just before ninth grade, Rachel’s fingers curved into a funny “s” shape and looked different than those of anyone else. When she began having pain in her feet, knees and hips, which sometimes ...more
Out-of-Pocket Costs: An Out-of-this-World Problem

Out-of-Pocket Costs: An Out-of-this-World Problem

Let’s face it: out-of-pocket costs for patients with chronic diseases like arthritis are consuming an ever-growing share of household spending. Lowering drug prices has been a central priority of Congress and the Administration this year, and while a lot of attention is paid to drug companies and insurers, the impact on the patient often gets lost. There may be a lot of chatter about list prices, rebates, and other technical terms, but at the end of the day the health care price that matters most to patients is the one coming out of their own pocket. Managing your health costs starts ...more
Your Summer Federal Advocacy Roundup!

Your Summer Federal Advocacy Roundup!

Though Congress is in August recess, we’ve got details on some of the hot topics in health care that will be discussed and debated for the remainder of 2019. Read on to get the scoop! Addressing Prescription Drug Costs Transformative medicines make a substantial difference in the lives of people with arthritis, but the out-of-pocket costs are significant. We’ve got you covered and are taking action: Last month, we released a new issue brief addressing the cost of prescription drugs. Throughout the summer, we’ve been telling key lawmakers that drug pricing policies should benefit the people they are intended to serve: patients. ...more
How Gaye Jacques Is Making Arthritis a Priority in the 2020 Election

How Gaye Jacques Is Making Arthritis a Priority in the 2020 Election

New Hampshire is one of a handful of states with a special fifth season — Primary Candidate Visit Season. Gaye Jacques decided to take advantage of it by trying to meet as many of the Democrat primary candidates as she possibly could, bringing their attention to the barriers to care people with arthritis face every day. Gaye has met with an impressive number of presidential candidates competing for the Democrat nomination, 14 to be exact! She uses her position as an Arthritis Ambassador and New Hampshire voter to speak out. Gaye attends each meet-and-greet ready to introduce herself and talk about ...more
The 2019 National Juvenile Arthritis Conference Welcomed Almost 1,800 Attendees

The 2019 National Juvenile Arthritis Conference Welcomed Almost 1,800 Attendees

Over two long weekends in mid-July and early August, about 1,800 participants made their way to Houston, Texas, and Minneapolis, Minnesota, to take part in the 2019 National Juvenile Arthritis Conference. As in previous years, the Arthritis Foundation offered two JA Conference locations to serve even more kids, families and young adults across the country affected by childhood rheumatic diseases while also welcoming back returning veteran families.This year, more than 40 states were represented, including some families from Mexico and Canada. In both cities, more than half of conference participants were first-time attendees, experiencing everything the four-day conference had to ...more
Safe Step Act Needs Your Support

Safe Step Act Needs Your Support

Read about what step therapy put a young arthritis patient through. My name is Sophie Sherman, and I am a rising high school senior from Brookline, Massachusetts. When I was 11, my parents started to notice that I wasn’t acting like myself. Instead of spending time with my friends after school, I would take four-hour-long naps on the living room sofa. Instead of asking for seconds on pasta night, I would barely touch my plate. It seemed like everything I did, be it physical or mental, consumed every ounce of my energy. The breaking point for me happened during our family vacation ...more
Houston Kicks Off the 2019 National Juvenile Arthritis Conference Today!

Houston Kicks Off the 2019 National Juvenile Arthritis Conference Today!

Houston Kicks Off the 2019 National Juvenile Arthritis Conference Today!  Over 800 kids, teens, young adults and their families from across the country are landing in Houston, Texas, for the first of two National Juvenile Arthritis (JA) Conferences the Arthritis Foundation is hosting this year. This week’s conference will kick off our 35th annual gathering of JA families during JA Awareness Month, and offers a variety of events and informational program tracks focused on education, connecting with others and fun. The JA Conference is a unique opportunity to bring together families of kids, teens and young adults affected by JA and other rheumatic diseases. Over ...more