Advocacy in West Virginia

Thousands of people just like you who care about making an impact in the lives of those suffering from arthritis are joining the Arthritis Foundation’s advocacy program. You can help break down barriers to care for citizens of West Virginia by raising awareness for advocacy.

Arthritis in West Virginia - Quick Facts
38.9

percent of the population in West Virginia is affected by arthritis.

557 K

adults living with doctor-diagnosed arthritis in the state.

319 K

adults in West Virginia have activity limitations caused by arthritis.

52.5

percent of adults with arthritis have work limitations. 

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! 

Get Connected with your West Virginia State Director  

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

State Fact Sheet 

Find out how arthritis affects people in West Virginia and what you can do to make a difference. 

State of Your Health 

If you are experiencing a barrier to care, you should contact your insurance commissioner, who can help address your situation. Please be sure to view our West Virginia Office of the Insurance Commissioner fact sheet that gives instructions on how to appeal, request an external review or file a complaint with your insurance commissioner. 

Step Therapy Reform in West Virginia 

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  West Virginia?  

In 2017, West Virginia 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 establishes a clear channel for patients and practitioners to request an override when an insurance provider levies such mandate.  The override process must be easily accessible on the health plan insurer’s website.    

Medical exceptions include:    

  • required prescription is contraindicated  

  • required prescription is expected to be ineffective based on patient   

  • patient has tried and failed the prescription  

  • prescription is not in best interest of patient  

  • patient is stable on prescription   

Which patients will benefit from this new law?  

The new law will apply to patients who receive benefits from entities required to be licensed under this chapter that contracts, or offers to contract to provide, deliver, arrange for, pay for, or reimburse any of the costs of health care services under a health benefit plan, including accident and sickness insurers, nonprofit hospital service corporations, medical service corporations and dental service organizations, prepaid limited health service organizations, health maintenance organizations, preferred provider organizations, provider sponsored network, and any pharmacy benefit manager that administers a fully-funded or self-funded plan.  To learn if you are covered, contact your insurer and provide your policy number.   


 

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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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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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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.

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