Today marks the fourth anniversary of the day I started Advocacy for Patients with Chronic Illness. In that time, we have worked with over 3000 patients, providing them with free information, advice, and advocacy services -- and, when we could not help, we listened and provided support. In addition, we have published 3 editions of our Know Your Rights handbook, updating it each time. We have testified on many pieces of state and federal legislation affecting the chronically ill, and have commented on proposed federal regulations. All day, every day, we trumpet the cause of the chronically ill.
Half of all Americans have a chronic health condition. Imagine what we could do if we all banded together. We might be the largest voting block in the United States. We could have universal health care. We could eliminate pre-existing condition exclusions. We could stop the armed services from excluding people with chronic illnesses from serving their country. We could provide incentives to encourage employers to hire the chronically ill and let them work from home. There is no end to what we could do if we did it together.
So say happy birthday to Advocacy for Patients -- and join us in the fight to protect and promote the rights of the chronically ill. Jennifer