Be an Advocate

Advocacy is a major component of the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation’s mission. Our advocates are not only patients, but family members, friends, caregivers, and doctors who want to make their voices heard and see a future free from Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis

Start making a difference today by joining the Advocacy Network email listserv and take action now!

Here's how you can take action today:


New healthcare policies are dismantling coverage for pre-existing conditions piece by piece. Review these new policies outlined in our 2018 Healthcare Reform Brief and take action by holding your legislators accountable. Contact your House Representative and two Senators and ask them what they are doing to protect health insurance coverage for persons with pre-existing conditions. 

Do you have one minute?
  • Post your story on social media using the hashtag #DefendPreex

Do you have five minutes?

Do you an afternoon?
  • Attend a local event or town hall (check online or call your legislators to find out if they have events near you); or
  • Meet with your legislators or their staff at their local office

When contacting your legislators, we encourage you to be respectful and tell your story. In addition, consider questions such as:
  • "What are you doing to protect health coverage for pre-existing conditions?"
  • "How will you make sure that sick people can get and afford the care they need?"
  • "It appears that recent policy changes would result in plans with limited coverage and could increase the price of quality plans. What are you doing to improve insurance quality and affordability?
  • "How will you make sure that the current protections for persons with pre-existing conditions don't go away?"

View our Advocacy Tools & Resources webpage for more tools to help you contact your legislators. Email advocacy@crohnscolitisfoundation.org for more tips and to tell us how your outreach went!