Advocacy in Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C. is home to 101,000 citizens living with doctor-diagnosed arthritis. Over half of these D.C. residents have work limitations due to their conditions. Advocate to eliminate barriers of care for those living in our city with arthritis by joining the Arthritis Foundation’s

16.9%

of Washington, D.C is
affected by arthritis

101K

are doctor-diagnosed
with arthritis in the state

54K

D.C. citizens have activity
limitations caused by arthritis

51.6%

have work limitations

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Get Connected with your State Director 

Your state director will be your chief resource for raising your voice and sharing your story. Introduce yourself to them today! 

Make Your Voice Heard in our Action Center

Check out our central hub that makes taking action simple and easy – learn about your legislator, track legislation, become an Advocate and more!

State Fact Sheet

Find out how arthritis affects people in Washington D.C. and what you can do to make a difference

New Law: Out of Pocket Cost Reform in Washington, DC 

What  are  out of pocket costs?   

Insurers often place expensive drugs like biologics on specialty tiers, requiring you to pay a percentage of the cost (sometimes as much as 50 percent) rather than a fixed-dollar copay.  This can cause a patient to reach their annual out-of-pocket spending cap in the first few months of the plan year, a significant financial burden for many patients.  

How does this new law address step therapy in  Washington DC?  

In 2017, Washington DC passedlegislation to address out of pocket cap costs and the law went into effect in 2018.  This new law caps specialty drug copayment or co-insurance out-of-pocket costs to no more than $150 for up to a 30-day supply, or $300 for a 90-day supply   

Which patients will benefit from this new law?  

This law will decrease out of pocket cost to patient and gives patient right to request a non-preferred drug to be covered under the same cost sharing applicable to preferred drugs if physician determines that preferred drug would not be as effective or would have adverse effects or both.  To learn if you are covered, contact your insurer and provide your policy number.    

What should I do if I experience this barrier to care in  Washington DC?  

If you are experiencing a barrier to care, you should contact your insurance commissioner, who can help address your situation. You can easily find instructions on how to appeal, request an external review, or file a complaint to your Insurance Commissioner with our Department of Insurance one pager, click here to learn more. 

 

Advocate for What's Right

As an Arthritis Advocate, you’ll feel good about taking action to make health care more accessible. Help shift the policy and public perception that affects those living with arthritis.

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  • Donate

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    Every gift to the Arthritis Foundation will help people with arthritis across the U.S. live their best life.

  • Volunteer

    Volunteer

    Join us and become a Champion of Yes. There are many volunteer opportunities available.

  • Live Yes! INSIGHTS

    Live Yes! INSIGHTS

    Take part to be among those changing lives today and changing the future of arthritis.

  • Partner

    Partner

    Proud Partners of the Arthritis Foundation make an annual commitment to directly support the Foundation’s mission.

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Ways to Give

Every gift to the Arthritis Foundation will help people with arthritis across the U.S. live their best life. Whether it is supporting cutting-edge research, 24/7 access to one-on-one support, resources and tools for daily living, and more, your gift will be life-changing.

Make a Donation

Help millions of people live with less pain and fund groundbreaking research to discover a cure for this devastating disease. Please, make your urgently-needed donation to the Arthritis Foundation now!

Become a Member

Become an Arthritis Foundation member today for just $20. You'll receive a year's worth of Arthritis Today magazine, access to helpful tools, resources, and more.

Make a Honor or Memorial Gift

Honor a loved one with a meaningful donation to the Arthritis Foundation. We'll send a handwritten card to the honoree or their family notifying them of your thoughtful gift.

Gift Planning

I want information on ways to remember the AF in my will, trust or other financial planning vehicles.
 

Volunteer


Volunteer Opportunities

The Arthritis Foundation is focused on finding a cure and championing the fight against arthritis with life-changing information, advocacy, science and community. We can only achieve these goals with your help. Strong, outspoken and engaged volunteers will help us conquer arthritis. By getting involved, you become a leader in our organization and help make a difference in the lives of millions. Join us and become a Champion of Yes.


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Live Yes! INSIGHTS


Give Just 10 Minutes.

Tell us what matters most to you. Change the future of arthritis.

By taking part in the Live Yes! INSIGHTS assessment, you’ll be among those changing lives today and changing the future of arthritis, for yourself and for 54 million others. And all it takes is just 10 minutes.

Your shared experiences will help:

- Lead to more effective treatments and outcomes
- Develop programs to meet the needs of you and your community
- Shape a powerful agenda that fights for you

Now is the time to make your voice count, for yourself and the entire arthritis community. 

Currently this program is for the adult arthritis community.  Since the needs of the juvenile arthritis (JA) community are unique, we are currently working with experts to develop a customized experience for JA families. 

How are you changing the future?

By sharing your experience, you’re showing decision-makers the realities of living with arthritis, paving the way for change. You’re helping break down barriers to care, inform research and create resources that make a difference in people’s lives, including your own.

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Partner


Meet Our Partners

As a partner, you will help the Arthritis Foundation provide life-changing resources, science, advocacy and community connections for people with arthritis, the nations leading cause of disability. Join us today and help lead the way as a Champion of Yes.

Trailblazer

Our Trailblazers are committed partners ready to lead the way, take action and fight for everyday victories. They contribute $2,000,000 to $2,749,000

Visionary

Our Visionary partners help us plan for a future that includes a cure for arthritis. These inspired and inventive champions have contributed $1,500,00 to $1,999,999.

Pioneer

Our Pioneers are always ready to explore and find new weapons in the fight against arthritis. They contribute $1,000,000 to $1,499,999.

Pacesetter

Our Pacesetters ensure that we can chart the course for a cure for those who live with arthritis. They contribute $500,000 to $999,000.

Signature

Our Signature partners make their mark by helping us identify new and meaningful resources for people with arthritis. They contribute $250,000 to $499,999.

Supporting

Our Supporting partners are active champions who provide encouragement and assistance to the arthritis community. They contribute $100,000 to $249,999.