The Arthritis Foundation presented Rep. David B. McKinley, P.E. (R-WV), the Arthritis Foundation Advocacy Leadership Award. This prestigious award acknowledges policymakers who have performed exceptional service in support of the Arthritis Foundation’s mission by advancing public policy and the Foundation’s legislative agenda on behalf of the more than 50 million adults and 300,000 children living with arthritis in the U.S.
Rep. McKinley was presented the 2014 Advocacy Leadership Award for being a champion for people with arthritis as the lead Republican sponsor on the bipartisan Patients’ Access to Treatments Act (H.R. 460). While serving as co-chair of the Congressional Arthritis Caucus, Rep. McKinley plays a critical role in educating lawmakers on the burden of arthritis on our nation.
Rep. McKinley’s involvement with the Arthritis Foundation has been essential in cutting the red tape in obtaining prescription drugs for arthritis patients and working to limit cost-sharing requirements for their medications that fall into higher-cost specialty tiers.
“The Arthritis Foundation is fortunate to have Rep. McKinley’s support and dedication to expanding access to care,” says Dr. Patience White, vice president of public policy and advocacy for the Arthritis Foundation. “Together, we will continue to work to ensure legislation is passed to improve patient access to the medication and treatment they need to manage their arthritis.”
The 2014 Advocacy Leadership Award was presented to Rep. McKinley during the Arthritis Foundation’s 16th annual Advocacy Summit, held March 24-26 in Washington, D.C. The Advocacy Summit brought together nearly 300 key arthritis advocates from all 50 states to meet with members of Congress to let them know that more needs to be done for people with arthritis – more research, more public health initiatives and better access to arthritis treatments.