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Advocacy Results from Capitol Hill

Last year alone, MS Activists drove change in the following ways:
  • A $1 million increase for the MS Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP), for a total of $6 million;
  • A $2 billion increase for the National institutes of Health (NIH), for a total of $32.1 billion; and
  • House passage of the Advancing Research for Neurological Diseases Act as part of its 21st Century Cures initiative.

Rhode Island General Assembly passes legislation to expand health insurance coverage for off-label use of prescription medications

Good news for Rhode Islanders living with MS!  The Rhode Island General Assembly passed legislation that expands health insurance coverage to include off-label use of prescription medications for the treatment of disabling or life-threatening chronic diseases.  The House bill (H.7512) sponsored by Rep. K. Joseph Shekarchi (D- District 23, Warwick) and the Senate bill (S.2499) sponsored by Sen. William A. Walaska (D- District 30, Warwick) became law after being signed by Governor Gina Raimondo on June 17, 2016. More details ...


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