The Arthritis bill has passed through the House of Representatives. It is on to the Senate. If the bill gets passed through the Senate it is on the way to the president to be signed. Keep your fingers crossed. This bill is so very important to everyone with arthritis, especially the children. The shortage of pediatric rheumatologists is increasing. There are under 300 of them in the entire US. The bill will encourage more physicians to move into the specialty. There are currently 5000 or so children in Massachusetts alone, who have arthrititis. There are only a handful of doctors to treat them.