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.
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