Advocacy in New York

The Arthritis Foundation's advocacy program is made up of thousands of people just like you who care about making a difference in the lives of people with arthritis. Help break down barriers to care for patients in New York by raising awareness through advocacy.

Arthritis in New York
23.7%

population in New York
is affected by arthritis

3.6M

adults living with diagnosed
arthritis in the state

1.8M

 adults in New York have activity
limitations caused by arthritis

40.5%

all adults in New York affected by
arthritis have work limitations

Get Connected with your State Director 

 Your New York 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 New York and what you can do to make a difference. 

Step Therapy Reform In New York

What is  step therapy?   

Step therapy is a practice used by insurers that requires people with arthritis to try lower-cost medications before permitting more expensive treatments, even when the doctor wants to prescribe them. In other words, more expensive and effective drugs can only be prescribed if the cheaper ones prove ineffective.  

How does this new law address step therapy in  New York?  

In 2016, New York passed legislation to address step therapy and the law went into effect in early 2018.  This new law increases the ability of the patient’s health care provider, not insurance company, to make important decisions about a patient’s treatment.  The law includes two basic patient protections that will improve the safety and efficacy of step therapy protocols.  First, it requires that clinical review criteria, used by an insurer to establish fail first protocols, is based on science and evidence-based clinical practice guidelines and not exclusively driven by cost.  Second, the bill requires a clear and expedient process (timelines of 72 hours or 24 for an emergency) that can be used by physicians and other prescribers to request an override of a fail first protocol.  There will be immediate coverage for a prescription drug if decision that step therapy should be overridden.   

Which patients will benefit from this new law?  

The new law applies to state-regulated commercial health insurance plans, HMO plans, Medicaid Managed Care plans and Child Health Plus plans.  The new law does not apply to Medicare, Medicaid fee for service or “self-insured” plans, which are exempted by the federal Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA).  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  New York?  

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

    Donate

    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.

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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

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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.


More About Volunteering

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.