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July is Chronic Disease Month. Get Involved and Take Action!

In state capitols across the nation, the Chronic Disease Coalition advocates for policies that support patients and their families. We believe that chronic disease patients deserve equal access to affordable health care, and every day, state lawmakers make decisions that impact our access to lifesaving and life-improving medical treatment.

The CDC works across the country with other patients-rights advocacy organizations to support legislation that supports families, but we could not do this work without our legislative partners. For every bill supported by patients, there is at least one, and often several, legislators who sponsored the legislation, advised us on strategy, and advocated on behalf of patients.

As part of Chronic Disease Month, we are recognizing this year’s legislative champions. Republicans and Democrats alike, all of them sponsored or co-sponsored legislation to help patients get needed health care services. We are grateful for their sponsorship, their hard work, and their care for our families.

Organized by our major issue areas and then by state, this year’s champions are:

Copay Accumulators


Sen. Saud Anwar

Rep. Michael A. Winkler

Rep. Jillian Gilchrest

Sen. Martin M. Looney


Sen. Jason Brodeur

Sen. Shevrin Jones

Sen. Gary Farmer


Sen. Ralph Alvarado

Rep. Kimberly Moser


Sen. Jimmy Harris


Del. Pat Young

Sen. Joanne Benson

New Mexico

Rep. Alonzo Baldonado

Rep. Kelly Fajardo

Sen. Daniel Ivey-Soto

New York

Sen. Gustavo Rivera

Asm. Richard Gottfried

North Carolina

Sen. Jim Perry

Sen. Danny Earl Britt

Sen. Todd Johnson


Sen. Sara Gelser

Sen. Tim Knopp


Rep. Barbara Gleim

Sen. Judith Ward

Chronic Kidney Task Force


Rep. Mary Bradfield

Rep. Brianna Titone

Sen. Janet Buckner

Sen. Dennis Hisey


Sen. Pat Spearman


Rep. Chris Sneed

Rep. Randy Randleman


Rep. Raquel Moore-Green

Rep. Andrea Salinas

Living Donor Protections


Rep. Erica Crawley
Rep. Jon Cross


Rep. Tarah Toohil


Rep. Andrew Murr
Rep. Brad Buckley
Rep. Ryan Guillen
Sen. Borris Miles


Sen. Karen Keiser

Step Therapy


Sen. Nancy Barto


Asm. Joaquin Arambula


Sen. Martin Looney


Sen. Gayle Harrell

New Jersey

Rep. Ronald Dancer

Rep. Herbert Conaway

Rep. Anthony Verrelli


Rep. Susan McLain

Rep. Rachel Prusak

Sen. Bill Hansell

Rare Disease Advisory Councils


Sen. Susan Eggman


Sen. Dennis Baxley

New Jersey

Sen. Vin Gopal

Sen. Thomas Kean

Rep. Ronald Dancer

Rep. Daniel Benson

Rep. Anthony Verrelli

To read more about some of our campaigns and get involved at the state and federal level, visit our Take Action page.

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