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Election 2008 — for candidates

Dear candidate,

Thank you for taking the time to visit www.jointhealth.org. Here you will find information about inflammatory arthritis, and an overview of the work ACE is doing to end discrimination against people with arthritis in Canada.

During this Federal election, ACE is focusing attention on a critically important area of inflammatory arthritis treatment and care: high rates of serious inflammatory arthritis in Aboriginal populations, and the inadequate coverage offered by the Non-Insured Health Benefit plan (NIHB) for medically necessary medications.

The failure of the NIHB to provide adequate coverage for "gold standard" arthritis medications constitutes discrimination. Arthritis Consumer Experts will be addressing this issue nationally in the coming weeks and months, and we would like your help.

Please take the time to read through the information below to learn more about this issue. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Following the election, we will be contacting key MPs with an interest and/or expertise in health or Aboriginal issues to discuss how we can work together to end the discrimination against people with arthritis who look to NIHB to provide medication reimbursement coverage.

Open letter to candidates

Election 2008 Briefing Document on the Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB) Drug Benefit Plan prepared by Arthritis Consumer Experts

Arthritis Consumer Experts' Party questionnaire—Federal election 2008

Letter sent with questionnaire to the Bloc Québécois
Letter sent with questionnaire to the Conservative Party of Canada
Letter sent with questionnaire to the Green Party of Canada
Letter sent with questionnaire to the Liberal Party of Canada
Letter sent with questionnaire to the New Democratic Party

The Liberal Response