House passes arthritis bill

October 5, 2010

By Staff

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the landmark arthritis bill, the Arthritis Prevention, Control and Cure Act, Sept. 30.

The act had 179 cosponsors, including Rep. Dave Reichert. There was no record of which representative voted yea or nay available at press time.

About one in five Americans lives with arthritis. If passed, the act would strengthen and expand federally funded programs, including arthritis research, public health initiatives proven to help arthritis patients and improve access to pediatric rheumatologists.

Next, the act heads to the U.S. Senate. Sens. Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray are cosponsors.

Issaquah arthritis advocates will celebrate the passing of the act at the Bellevue Arthritis Walk on Oct. 9. Learn more at www.arthritis.org.

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