State Lobby Day in Olympia, WA

Start Date: February 8, 2018
Time: 9:00 AM-4:00 PM

The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation is excited to continue our advocacy efforts in Washington State! Sign up to have your voice heard by your state legislators as we advocate on behalf of the rights of Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis patients. All advocates will receive training, briefing on the Foundation's legislative priorities, then participate in meetings with state legislators and staff.

In the 2018 legislative session, we will partner with other patient advocacy organizations to address step therapy protocols by implementing patient protections. Step therapy is a practice by which insurers require patients to fail on an insurer-preferred medication before covering the physician-prescribed medication. Step therapy can and has resulted in worsened health outcomes for IBD patients. Treatment decisions must be kept between the patient and the physician. Patients and physicians must have a clear and timely means to attain coverage for the optimal treatment.

The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation is activating volunteers to participate in this health policy discussions and encourage legislators to consider the needs of the IBD community. The Foundation will provide updates, instructions for advocacy, and templates to make it easy for volunteers to participate. Both new and experienced volunteers are encouraged participate. Children with IBD are also encouraged to participate.

We hope you can join us for our lobby day on Thursday, February 8, 2018 in Olympia. Mark your calendar and plan to take the day off of work and school to participate in this important event. Even if you cannot attend on February 8, you can still participate in this advocacy campaign-- email Jake Johnson now to get involved.

Together, we can have our voices heard to help the IBD community!

We hope you will also join our Advocacy Network to participate in the Foundation's national advocacy efforts. 

Details for Lobby Day:

  • Thursday, February 8, 2018 - Arrive between 8:30 and 9:00 am
  • Location: Training will be held at the DoubleTree Hotel by Hilton: 415 Capitol Way N, Olympia, WA 98501
More about step therapy or "fail first":

Over half of respondents to a survey of the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation's WA constituents have been subjected to step therapy. These families reported the following experiences: 

Only 28% of patients were able to have their physician intervene, and very few interventions successfully protected the patient from starting on the insurer-preferred medication

For 60% of patients, the step therapy protocol delayed their care as long as 6 months 

Most patients that were able to stop on the insurer-preferred medication did so because the preferred medication didn’t work or because their symptoms got worse

17% of patients had to repeat steps after switching insurers

98% of patients support legislation that ensures physicians can prescribe the most appropriate care for patients

Questions? Please email Kathleen at or Jake Johnson at



DoubleTree by Hilton Olympia
415 Capitol Way North
Olympia, Washington, 98501

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