WASHINGTON, June 26, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On June 27, nearly 200 lupus activists from across the country will visit Capitol Hill and thousands more will join virtually to urge Members of Congress to help advance the development of new lupus treatments; increase funding for lupus research and education; and ensure people with lupus have access to affordable, quality health coverage and care. The lupus activist meetings with their legislators are part of the Lupus Foundation of America's (Foundation) two-day National Policy Summit.
"The National Policy Summit is the most impactful advocacy event of the year as it provides lupus activists the opportunity to meet directly with Members of Congress to share their daily struggles with the disease, and demonstrate the urgent need to step up the fight against lupus," said Sandra C. Raymond, President and CEO of the Lupus Foundation of America. "At a time when health care is top of mind for Congress, lupus activists from all over the country will meet with our nation's leaders to urge them not only to increase funding for research, but also to ensure they have access to the quality and affordable care they need."
The National Policy Summit also provides activists with empowering programs and activities including three interactive and educational panel discussions on day one of the event. Panelists include leaders from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Activists will have direct access to the very leaders who are funding and implementing programs to advance lupus research, education and awareness.
Following the panel sessions, the Foundation will host an evening Advocacy Awards Reception to honor its Congressional champions whose leadership has made a significant difference in the fight against lupus.
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SOURCE Lupus Foundation of America