Access to Care

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Golden state gains new health care protections

Three new California laws will keep prescription costs down and help ensure that patients get the care they need. 

Treatment decisions belong between doctor and patient

Imagine that your doctor wants to prescribe you a medication they think will work best for your psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. Now imagine your insurance company says you have to first try and fail other less costly—and perhaps less effective and less safe—treatments before they’ll cover the one recommended by your doctor.

Frustrating, right?

8 ways to land a doctor appointment sooner

We asked a dermatologist for advice on how to expedite the waiting period. 

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Advocacy 101

You don’t have to be a professional advocate to be an effective champion for the rights of people with psoriatic disease. What you have to say is valuable, and NPF gives you the opportunity to say it.


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New study uncovers the impact of racial, economic factors on psoriasis treatment

Analysis of Medicare claims shows that African-American patients may be less likely to be treated with biologics.

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NFL player Jonathan Scott talks to Congress about his life with psoriasis

When Jonathan Scott first spotted what looked like a rash on his skin, he wasn’t sure what it was. The problem was … neither did his doctors. It took him a year—and visits to three different doctors—before he was finally diagnosed with psoriasis.

“It was like a mystery. No one could answer it,” said Scott, an NFL player who was diagnosed in 2010. “Doctors couldn’t answer it until I got to the right doctor.”

For Scott, getting the right diagnosis was the first step toward getting his psoriasis under control.

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Docs tell Congress to improve care for psoriasis in people of color

"What we know about skin of color in terms of psoriasis could fit on a page or two."

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High schooler urges Congress to improve care for pediatric PsA patients

Andy Moy started showing signs of psoriatic arthritis when he was 2 years old.

Does your psoriatic disease drug cost too much? Join the club!

Today’s psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis treatments can do amazing things. They can clear skin almost completely, halt the progression of joint damage from psoriatic arthritis (PsA) and make it possible to live full and active lives.

They can also make you downright broke.

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Another step toward keeping phototherapy available and affordable

Every time a new treatment for psoriatic disease becomes available, you know that a lot of hard work has paid off. Scientists, physicians and groups like the National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF) have come together to achieve progress that you can see. But sometimes, all that hard work pays off to achieve results that you never see.