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OAR and AF Joint Arthritis Access & Advocacy Day
Thursday, May 21, 2020
The Ohio Statehouse
Columbus, OH

OAR is carefully monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and will update the website to reflect any changes to the date. Please register and save the date on your calendar to attend this scheduled event.

The OAR is pleased to inform you that House Bill 418 was introduced in the Ohio Legislature by Joint Sponsors Representatives Carruthers and Clites in November. OAR looks forward to leading the effort to protect Ohioans from unfair non-medical switching practices and invites you to help with this initiative.

The upcoming Ohio Association of Rheumatology and Arthritis Foundation Joint Arthritis Access & Advocacy Day is a great opportunity for you to educate your Ohio State Senators and Representatives on the needs of individuals with rheumatic diseases and our legislative priorities!

The morning orientation will offer advocates an overview of all of the legislation you will be requesting your legislators to support. The one day event will culminate with meeting with your legislators and their staff.

Your attendance is important and OAR recognizes that this requires you to be away from your office. To assist, OAR will reimburse all attendees for mileage and one night of hotel for anyone who needs to drive in the day before to participate. Expense forms will be available onsite.

NOTE: All providers of rheumatology should register through the OAR registration system. Patient advocates can register directly with the Arthritis Foundation by emailing Pam Fields at

OAR Events

OAR Advocacy Day Educational Breakfast
for Physicians and Nonphysician Providers Only

Date:Thursday, May 21, 2020
Time:7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
Location:Doubletree Suites by Hilton Columbus Downtown
50 S. Front Street
Columbus, OH 43215

Attire:Business Casual
Cost:Complimentary event for physicians, nonphysician healthcare providers, and OAR advocacy/industry partners.

Joint Ohio Arthritis Access & Advocacy Day Program & Legislative Visits
Presented by Ohio Association of Rheumatology and the Arthritis Foundation

Date:Thursday, May 21, 2020
Time:8:15 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. program followed by scheduled morning and afternoon Legislative Visits
Location:(Begins) Doubletree Suites by Hilton Columbus Downtown
50 S. Front Street
Columbus, OH 43215
(Ends) The Ohio Statehouse, Columbus

Attire:Business Casual
Cost:Complimentary program overview at Hotel, followed by organized Capitol Visits with Legislators at The Ohio Statehouse, Columbus.