Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) Information and Resources

Fund Status and Eligibility

Fully Allocated - Effective 12/21/2012, we are unable to process applications that are pending or accept new or renewal applications at this time. Should additional funding for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) Fund applicants become available in the future, it will be necessary to re-apply if assistance is still needed.

Maximum Award Level: $2,500 Per Year

Eligibility Criteria

  • Patient should be insured and insurance must cover the medication for which patient seeks assistance.
  • Patient must have a confirmed diagnosis of Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA).
  • Patient must reside and receive treatment in the United States.
  • Patient's income must fall below 500% of the Federal Poverty Guideline (FPG) with consideration of the Cost of Living Index (COLI) and the number in the household.

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Information About the Disease

Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disorder that typically affects the small joints in your hands and feet. Unlike the wear-and-tear damage of osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis affects the lining of your joints, causing a painful swelling that can eventually result in bone erosion and joint deformity.

An autoimmune disorder, rheumatoid arthritis occurs when your immune system mistakenly attacks your own body's tissues. In addition to causing joint problems, rheumatoid arthritis can also affect your whole body with fevers and fatigue.

Rheumatoid arthritis is much more common in women than in men and generally occurs between the ages of 40 and 60. Treatment focuses on controlling symptoms and preventing joint damage.

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) Resources

Arthritis Foundation

Phone: 800-283-7800 - www.arthritis.org

 

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