Arthritis Foundation Urges Support for Legislation

During the California Arthritis Foundation Council’s summit on April 22 to 23, arthritis advocates urged California lawmakers to support AB 889, which would ensure that consumers have timely access to arthritis medications. They also urge support for SB 1052, which would ensure that Arthritis patients have the information they need to make more informed decisions on Covered California health plan options.

Wesley Mizutani, MD of the California Arthritis Foundation said, “Californians living with arthritis and other rheumatic conditions need to know if their prescription drugs are covered by insurance and how much they will cost. For example, a constituent with Ankylosing Spondylitis, a type of systemic arthritis, switched to a Covered California plan that offered her medication. She later discovered that her prescription co-pay increased from $5 a month to $2,000 a month. Without this medication, her condition will likely regress and could result in spinal fusion with total spinal immobility, fusion of shoulders and hips, as well as difficulty in breathing.” For more information, visit

Last Updated 12/01/2021

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