This month, we’re hosting a first of it’s kind event in Washington, DC called the Platinum Ambassador Assembly. This two-day event has been built for our most advanced and empowered advocacy volunteers – our Platinum Ambassadors. This event gives them an opportunity to learn from each other and a platform to share their stories in person with their members of Congress and their staff.
This year we are thrilled to have more Platinum Ambassador awardees than ever — in 2017, 51 amazing individuals around the country achieved this remarkable honor. The Platinum Ambassador title is awarded to dedicated volunteers that engage in each monthly Ambassador activity, complete four bonus activities, and meet or exceed a fundraising goal of $1,000 for the Arthritis Foundation. The prestigious honor will be bestowed on so many inspiring individuals around the country; like a mother daughter duo in Ohio, a married couple in New Hampshire, young adult patients, and juvenile arthritis parents alike.
We’d like to share their wisdom and words with you as they prepare to travel to Washington, DC next week. Read on to hear from some of our advocacy experts:
Continue reading Recognizing Excellence: Honoring Our Platinum Ambassadors
Today, the president released the administration’s official budget request for fiscal year (FY) 2018, which would make deep cuts to health programs across health agencies and would have severe implications for Medicaid and other programs that deliver vital health care services to people with arthritis. While the Arthritis Foundation agrees that health care reform is necessary and our country needs to make important spending decisions, it should not be at the expense of people with arthritis, which now affects one in four Americans and the prevalence is growing.
Continue reading Arthritis Foundation Statement on the Official FY 2018 President’s Budget Request
Things on the health care front are moving fast. Last week, the House voted to pass the American Health Care Act, a bill that changes several key features of the Affordable Care Act (also called “Obamacare”). The bill has moved on to the Senate where it could be voted on, as is, or amended and sent back to the House for further consideration.
Continue reading The American Health Care Act: What You Need to Know
Earlier today, the House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act (AHCA). We are concerned that the bill threatens access to affordable care for the chronically ill, including those who live with arthritis.
As the Senate considers the AHCA, we will work to amend the bill to make it truly patient-centered, but we need your help to send the message to legislators that the AHCA, as it sits today, is unacceptable for the 54 million Americans who live with arthritis, and the many more who have other chronic illnesses. Join our Advocate program today!
Continue reading House of Representatives Passes American Health Care Act – We Need Your Help to Amend AHCA When it Goes to the Senate
Living with arthritis is enough to deal with day to day. Who needs the added challenge of navigating a complex health care system to get the treatments required to manage it?
Continue reading Putting Patients First – Arthritis Foundation Brings Industry Stakeholders Together to Ensure Patient Needs are Central in Access to Care Discussions
Graci is 11-years-old and stands just five feet tall. But don’t let her age and size fool you. She’s wiser than most and has the stature of a superstar.
Graci has battled juvenile polyarticular arthritis for most of her life. As a member of our Advocate program, she has been very active fighting on behalf of people with arthritis.
Continue reading CBS’s Sunday Morning Features 11-year-old Arthritis Foundation Advocate, Graci Diggs