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.
For information about our efforts related to healthcare reform, see below.
- Sign up for the Advocacy Network
- Email your legislators!
- Read our Advocacy Toolkit and learn how to be an advocate
As an advocate you can help us:
- Call for increased federal funding for Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis research and awareness programs designed to improve the lives of patients
- Encourage our members, volunteers, and friends to become actively involved in advancing our public policy goals
- Share personal stories and provide crucial information about the impact of these devastating diseases
- Inform and inspire elected representatives in Congress
We've already achieved great success in urging legislators to implement responsible policies that can transform the lives of the more than 1.6 million Americans living with inflammatory bowel diseases. With your help, we can accomplish even more. Learn more about our advocacy priorities.
Our Advocacy Toolkit is available for download! Take it with you and be an advocate wherever you go!
Update on the American Health Care Act and the health reform debate:
The House of Representatives recently passed the American Health Care Act (AHCA), which would repeal components of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation’s continued goal is to ensure that healthcare policy decisions made by Congress and the Administration support the IBD community. This includes maintaining strong protections for patients with pre-existing conditions. While we advocate for improving the nation’s healthcare system, in particular reducing premiums, we have the following concerns with the AHCA:
· The AHCA would allow states to seek waivers from federal coverage standards;
· It would allow states to opt to charge higher premiums to patients with pre-existing conditions; and
· It would jeopardize the protection on pre-existing conditions in both state-regulated and employer plans.
We are disappointed by this proposal, but the fight isn’t over. We will work with our champions in the Senate to urge them to craft reforms that improve access to meaningful and affordable coverage for patients living with chronic diseases. To be kept informed by email of these and other advocacy efforts, join the Foundation’s Advocacy Network.
See below for additional information on the Foundation's healthcare reform positions: