Virtual Hill Day

US Capitol in Washington, D.C.

The National Eczema Association (NEA) hosts an annual Virtual Hill Day event. Since 2022, NEA Ambassadors gather virtually each spring to hold meetings with their local elected congressional officials. NEA Ambassadors are people with eczema and their caregivers who volunteer to advocate for the eczema community.

During this event, Ambassadors are lobbying to:

  • Raise awareness among members of Congress and within federal agencies about how eczema significantly impacts those who live with it and their families 
  • Urge legislators to pass important laws that increase access to affordable, effective eczema healthcare 
  • Advocate for federal funding allocated for eczema research to better understand and treat eczema

What we’re fighting for at Virtual Hill Day 2024

On behalf of the eczema community, we are asking Congress to:

Co-sponsor the Safe Step Act (S.652/H.R.2630)

This bill would require insurers to implement a clear and transparent process for a patient or healthcare provider to request an exception to step therapy, a protocol where patients must try and fail alternative treatments before being approved for the treatment their doctor has prescribed.

credit card iconCo-sponsor the HELP Copays Act (S.1375/H.R.830)

This bill would close a loophole that allows many employer health plans to deem certain covered prescription drugs as “nonessential,” which means that the insurer will not count any cost-sharing toward the patient’s deductible and out-of-pocket maximum. This bill would ensure that all copays count.

megaphone iconInclude eczema in the Department of Defense’s Peer-Reviewed Medical Research Program

The Department of Defense’s program provides vital funding for innovative, high-risk, high-reward medical research. In 2023, for the first time ever, NEA Ambassadors helped secure eczema’s eligibility for this crucial funding. However, this inclusion must be renewed each year to continue funding eczema research. 

microscope iconSupport funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in 2025

Increased funding will help NIH offset inflation rates and continue contributing critical research advances to the eczema field.

Add your voice

This year’s Virtual Hill Day will take place Tuesday, May 7, 2024 and Wednesday, May 8, 2024. NEA’s Ambassadors will make their voices heard in dozens of meetings with legislators on Capitol Hill. Add your voice and make an impact by writing a letter to your legislators with our quick and easy online form below.

You can also join NEA Ambassadors to take part in this event. Sign up here

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