Mosbrucker legislation seeks to bring attention to juvenile arthritis, expand care

Rep. Gina Mosbrucker wants to bring more awareness to the issue of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis and to encourage more physicians to specialize in this field of medicine.

“We have been told there are more than 6,200 young people under the age of 18 suffering from this debilitating disease in Washington state and only two qualified specialists to treat juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. Both are in Seattle,” said Mosbrucker, R-Goldendale. “That's woefully inadequate to cover the entire state.”

Mosbrucker has legislation pending before the House Appropriations Committee. House Bill 2852 would extend the state's health professional loan and scholarship program to pediatric and juvenile rheumatologists. The loan program was created in 1992 to increase the workforce in credentialed health care professions when a shortage of providers could jeopardize patient care and pose a threat to public health and safety.

“It's my hope that this would help to increase providers across the state who would specialize in the treatment of juvenile arthritis and could help thousands of kids in Washington who have this painful health problem,” said Mosbrucker.

In addition to the bill, the House of Representatives unanimously approved House Resolution 4654. The measure honors individuals with juvenile arthritis and acknowledges the tremendous courage that they and their families put forth every day.

“I felt this to be very important after witnessing the courage and strength of my former legislative assistant and his family, whose son suffers from juvenile arthritis. It's a challenge they face every day because there is such pain in doing even the simplest movements,” added Mosbrucker. “We need to bring attention to this disease and seek to expand care needed by the families.”

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