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Date:3/20/2012

that include multiple sclerosis, lupus, Crohn's disease, hemophilia, some forms of cancer, and other conditions.

"Too many insured Americans find that when they need it most, their prescription drug coverage falls short. As a nurse, I know full well the importance of ensuring that patients can access the treatments their doctor prescribes. The Patients' Access to Treatments Act of 2012 would provide hope for millions of Americans and their families who will no longer have to worry about how to pay for their medications and can focus, instead, on getting well," says Rep. Capps.

People concerned about lower costs for medications can take a simple step: Ask your member of Congress to sponsor the Patient's Access to Treatments Act of 2012 (H.R.4209). Reach your lawmakers through www.arthritis.org/high_costsharing.php or www.rheumatology.org/advocacy/actioncenter.asp.

About the American College of Rheumatology

Headquartered in Atlanta, Ga., the American College of Rheumatology is an international professional medical society that represents more than 8,500 rheumatologists and rheumatology health professionals. Rheumatologists are internists or pediatricians who are qualified by training and experience in the diagnosis and treatment of arthritis and other diseases of the joints, muscles and bones. Over 50 million Americans — including nearly 300,000 children — suffer from the painful, disabling and sometimes fatal effects of arthritis and rheumatic diseases. The ACR's mission is to advance rheumatology. Learn more by visiting www.rheumatology.org or follow ACR on Twitter at twitter.com/acrheum.

About the Arthritis Foundation

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