Friday, March 18, 2011

Support MS Activists on Capitol Hill

Click here to support important advocacy of fellow MS activists! Last Wednesday, March 9, 350 MS activists representing every state in the country met with their federal legislators on Capitol Hill as part of the National MS Society's 20th annual Public Policy Conference. MS activists discussed three priority issues:

  • Improved Access to Neurological Care (S. 597): Neurology is the only group of physicians who are responsible for coordinating overall patient care that are left out of the incentive in the Affordable Care Act and MS activists are seeking to correct that inequity. With nearly 75% of people living with MS depending on a neurologist for regular care of their condition, inclusion of neurologists is vital.

  • Adult Day Achievement Center Enhancement Act (H.R. 883/S. 495): MS activists urge support of this legislation that would sustain and grow Adult Day programs by establishing a new grant program within the Administration on Aging that is specifically designed to support Adult Day programs targeting a younger population of people, such as those living with multiple sclerosis (MS) and similar diseases.

  • MS Research in the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP): MS activists have successfully advocated for a new federal funding avenue that thus far, has yielded approximately $13 million for MS research. MS activists are requesting $15 million in appropriations for MS research in the CDMRP in Fiscal Year 2012.

Support the work of fellow MS activists and urge your federal legislators to support these important policies that will improve the lives of people living with MS! Click here to take action today!

MS Activists on Capitol Hill - 20th Annual Public Policy Conference

The Minnesota Chapter Visiting a Senate Office

The Alabama - Mississippi Chapter in Front of the U.S. Capitol

MS Activists from California Meeting with Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-9),
Sponsor of the Adult Day Achievement Center Enhancement Act (H.R. 883)

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