Partner Profile: Arthritis Foundation
Advocacy and access is a pivotal piece to the overall mission of the Arthritis Foundation. The organization works to ensure that patients have access to care – and this includes being able to afford the medication they need.
The Arthritis Foundation is the “Champion of Yes,” helping the arthritis community conquer everyday battles through information and resources, access to optimal care, advancements in science, and community connections. The Foundation’s goal is to chart a winning course, guiding families in developing personalized plans for living a full life – and making each day another stride towards a cure.
Michele Guadalupe oversees the Arthritis Foundation’s advocacy and policy initiatives for several Midwest states, including Illinois.
The Foundation is an active member of the Illinois Coalition for Access to Affordable Medication – we caught up with Michele to learn why:
Q: Why is the Coalition for Access to Affordable Medication important to the Arthritis Foundation?
A: Advocacy and access is a pivotal piece to our overall mission. We want to ensure that patients have access to care – and this includes being able to afford the medication they need.
Q: What do you hope to accomplish through active participation in the Coalition?
A: Pass meaningful legislation to ensure patient access to affordable medication – in order to do this, we are looking to engage with policymakers, grassroots advocacy and external partners.
Q: How do exorbitant medication costs impact those your organization represents?
A: High cost medication results in our population not taking it. This can result in their disease progressing and missed work/ or school days.
Q: How can people – other Illinois residents – help?
A: Illinois residents can help by having their voice heard – policymakers need to hear why this issue is important. This doesn’t just impact people with arthritis, but so many others. Illinois residents can also share on their social networks – and get more champions engaged in our cause.