On April 18, 2012, representatives of the Arthritis Foundation from Englewood, NJ thanked Congressman Steve Rothman (NJ-9) in the Congressman's Washington, DC office for his leadership in fighting against arthritis. Specifically, they thanked Congressman Rothman for co-sponsoring the Patients' Access to Treatment Act and supporting the Pediatric Subsidy Loan Repayment Program that would address the current shortage of pediatric rheumatologists in the United States. They discussed the urgent need for Congressman Rothman's colleagues to follow his lead and fight for greater funding to support research and treatment for Arthritis.
"Arthritis is a terrible condition that affects 50 million adults and 300,000 children in the United States, including 1.4 million adults and 9,000 children in New Jersey. Juvenile arthritis is one of the most common diseases among children, more than cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophy, and juvenile diabetes," said Congressman Rothman. "I will continue the fight to make sure Congress funds the research and treatment of this disability and painful condition."