Policy Resources

The Arthritis Foundation advocates for state and federal policies to improve care and support patients living with arthritis. Learn more about our legislative and regulatory policy priorities and how you can join our advocacy efforts to make an impact.

Step Therapy

Have you or someone you love been forced to endure excessive pain due to step therapy? Our survey of 1,400 patients found that over 50 percent of patients reported having to try two or more drugs prior to getting the one their doctor originally recommended.

Prior Authorization

Many patients seeking medication vital to their arthritis treatment are held up by prior authorization, a process in which a physician must submit tedious paperwork before writing a prescription. Find out what can be done to simplify this process.

Out of Pocket Costs

Learn more about our advocacy position on the issue of out of pocket costs, including the current survey data trends, the solutions we endorse and current legislative trends.

Accumulator Adjustment Programs

Many arthritis patients use co-pay assistance, such as co-pay cards or manufacturer coupons, to pay for their life-saving medications. Co-pay accumulator programs prevent such assistance from counting towards patient cost-sharing, such as their deductible or annual out-of-pocket maximum. As a result, patients may struggle to afford and adhere to their medications as insurers and PBMs seek to shift more cost-sharing responsibility to patients.

Pediatric Rheumatology Workforce Shortage

There is a critical shortage of pediatric rheumatologists in the U.S., with only 420 board-certified and practicing physicians to treat young people with arthritis. Learn more about the work we do to increase access to care for JA patients.

Market Stabilization

Learn more about why we advocate for individual health insurance market stabilization, including the solutions we endorse and current legislative trends.

Insurance Plan Transparency

Getting proper arthritis treatment through an insurance provider can be difficult due to prior authorization, cost sharing and step therapy requirements. Find out why insurance plan transparency is so critical to arthritis patients.

Surprise Billing

Each year thousands of patients seeking treatment for arthritis are met with unexpectedly large medical bills, due to confusing relationships between insurance providers, health care providers and health care facilities. Learn more about surprise billing here.

Mid-Year Plan Changes

Learn more about our advocacy position on the issue of mid-year insurance plan changes, including the solutions we endorse and current legislative trends.

Network Adequacy

Learn more about our advocacy position on the issue of network adequacy, including what it is, the solutions we endorse and current legislative trends.

Cannabinoids (e.g., CBD)

As the largest organization representing the voice and needs of people with arthritis, the Arthritis Foundation has always welcomed new treatment options, such as CBD, because no single drug, supplement or therapy works for everyone.
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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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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. 

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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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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