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MS Activists Descend on Capitol Hill

Northern California Chapter Board Member, Heather Fargo was joined by over 300 fellow MS Activists from around the country at the 23rd annual National MS Society Public Policy Conference (PPC) in Washington D.C. on March 24, 2014.

These tireless MS Activists advocated for increased medical research funding and the creation of a separate benefit category for Complex Rehab Technology. There was a visually notable presence from the Activists wearing orange ties, scarves and ‘MS Activist’ lapel pins! 

Some outcomes for our California delegation were:

  • Visits to 30 key congressional members with jurisdiction over our cornerstone issue of increased research funding
  • Commitment of support from six congressional members to co-sponsor legislation ensuring access to quality complex rehabilitation technology
  • Joining of two new Representatives to the Congressional MS Caucus, bringing the California total to 18 members
  • Pledges of support by 22 congressional members for our request to allocate at least $32 billion in fiscal year 2015 for the National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • Pledges of support by 14 congressional members to appropriate $10 million in fiscal year 2015 for the Multiple Sclerosis Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program

 

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