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At state capitols around the country, MS activists, Government Relations Committee (GRC) members and other volunteers convene annually to learn about MS advocacy priorities. Through coordinated in-person visits, they share those priorities with State Senators, Representatives, Assembly members, and other policy makers.

Maryland Action Day

Join us Thursday, March 5 for Maryland Action Day!

On Maryland Action Day we will speak to the legislators who represent us and ask them to support legislation that is beneficial to people with MS.

Maryland Action Day activities are designed to draw attention to the National MS Society’s priority issues in Maryland including:

  • Protect Stem Cell Research - As the state faces fiscal challenges and a new administration in Annapolis, researchers worry there will be less funding allocated to stem cell research in 2016 and beyond.
  • Prohibit Discriminatory Benefit Design in Health Insurance –  Ensure that health benefit plans offered for sale through the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange comply with the non-discrimination requirements established in the Affordable Care Act.
  • Support the Caregiver Advise, Record and Enable (CARE) Act – This bill  requires hospitals and rehabilitation facilities to provide an opportunity for patients to designate a caregiver who can participate in a patient’s plan of care prior to discharge.
  • Community-Based Care - Protect community programs and in-home community supports to keep people out of nursing homes and in their homes and communities.

On March 5, participants will receive specific issue preparation including education and talking points to share with their legislator (various state representatives will be present to speak to the crowd regarding the specific
legislation). After this portion of the program, participants will visit with their legislator, which will be followed by a general wrap-up session. A continental breakfast and boxed lunch will be served.

Let your voice be heard! Be a MS advocate!

A continental breakfast and lunch will be served.

Click here to register! The deadline to register is February 28.

 

Participants should park at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium and take the trolly shuttle to the Miller Senate Building, Annapolis, MD 21401

Public Parking is available and most easily accessible at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. This requires participants to park and use the trolley shuttle bus to get to Lawyer’s Mall. This is the easiest parking option. The trolley shuttle buses are accessible. Trolley Shuttle Bus runs from the Stadium Parking Lot every 15-20 minutes.

Fare: $7 to park at stadium and ride trolley. ($5 per car in lot, $2 per person on trolley.)
Seniors may park and ride for $6.

Directions to Navy Marine Corps Memorial Stadium:

FROM POINTS NORTH: From I-95-South exit onto I-695-East and then take the I-97-South exit. Follow I-97 south until it merges into Route 50 East toward Annapolis. Take Exit 24, Rowe Blvd, and bear right (south) at the bottom of the exit ramp. Follow directions “From Route 50” below.

FROM POINTS SOUTH: Take I-95-North, MD Route 2 North or U.S. Route 301 North to Route 50. Travel east to Annapolis. Take Exit 24, Rowe Blvd, and bear right (south) at the bottom of the exit ramp and then follow directions “From Route 50” below.

FROM POINTS WEST: Follow Route 50 East from Washington, D.C. towards Annapolis. Take Exit 24, Rowe Blvd, and bear right (south) at the bottom of the exit ramp. Then follow directions “From Route 50” below. FROM POINTS EAST: Follow Route 50 West toward Annapolis to Exit 24B, Rowe Blvd and follow the directions “From Route 50” below.

FROM ROUTE 50: Follow Rowe Blvd to a right turn at the second stop light onto Taylor Ave and follow the signs to public/visitor parking.

Transportation may be available from centralized locations. Please contact Todd Robertson at 443-641-1191 or todd.robertson@nmss.org for more information.

For more information, please contact Randee Sanders at randee.sanders@nmss.org or 443-641-1212.

 

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