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Make your voice heard on medical cards for kids with JA.

As you may know for the past number of weeks we've been campaigning for children with arthritis to receive a medical card. We carried out a s urvey which showed that 76% of parents of children with JA said their discretionary cards had been taken away or placed under review. We launched our campaign to reinstate medical cards expressing our deep concern at the number of people with arthritis who have lost them in recent months. You may have heard us on the radio or seen our campaign in the newspapers.

Last Friday our CEO John Church met with Minister for Health James Reilly to tell him why children with arthritis, who's parents are forking out for expensive medical treatment every month, should be automatically entitled to a medical card.

We are asking you as parents of children living with arthritis, to make submissions to the HSE. This is your opportunity to explain to the HSE why children with arthritis should be automatically entitled to a medical card.

The application is simple, you can do it by post or online.

JA is often described as an invisible condition; this is your opportunity to let the HSE know the massive impact it has on your child's and families life.

By filling out the submission you can make a big impact on the HSE's decision to ensure that juvenile arthritis is on the list of illnesses that are covered.

You can fill out a submission and send it to :

The Office of the Assistant National Director,

Medical Need Consultation ,

Health Service Executive,

Primary Care Division,

St Loman's Hospital,

Mullingar ,

Co Wesmeath.

Please note the closing date is Monday 30th of June.

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