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Background: • This bill would help residents to recoup some of the costs of modifying their homes, by receiving financial relief in the form of credits when they file their taxes. • These credits can be applied to the cost of retrofitting existing housing, or constructing a new, accessible residence. • This bill would allow people living with MS to live independently in their homes. Status: • This bill is currently in the Assembly (A.9303-A/Lavine) • A Senate bill is forthcoming “The Ask” (What we would like them to do): • Please include home modification tax credits into your one-house budget bill. Phone Script: “Hi, my name is _____, I’m a constituent of Assemblymember X/Senator X (depening on which office you’re calling)and I’m a (Government relations Committee member, I live with MS, Board Member, Healthcare Advisory Committee Member, etc) with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. I want to ask for your support to include the Home Modification tax credits into your one-house bill. Can you ask Assemblymember X/Senator X to advocate for this language in conference and ask leadership to include this in the one-house budget bill? Thank you for your time, please feel free to contact me with any questions. 2. Issue: Prescriber Prevails Background: • Each Governor for the last 26 years has put in this proposal to repeal “prescriber prevails.” The legislature has always fought this. • This proposal would repeal an important patient protection in Medicaid. • A prescriber, with clinical expertise and knowledge of his or her individual patient, should be able to override a formulary or preferred drug for classes of drugs. Status: • Currently in the Governor’s budget, the legislature is poised to not include it in their one-house bill. “The Ask” (What we would like them to do): • Please oppose the Governor’s proposal to repeal “prescriber prevails.” Phone Script: “Hi, my name is _____, I’m a constituent of Assemblymember X/Senator X (deepening on which office you’re calling)and I’m a (Government relations Committee member, I live with MS, Board Member, Healthcare Advisory Committee Member, etc) with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. I want to ask for your support in opposing the Governor’s proposal to repeal prescriber prevails. Can you ask Assemblymember X/Senator X to advocate that this language not be included in your one-house bill? Thank you for your time, please feel free to contact me with any questions. 3. Issue: Spousal Refusal Background: • The Executive Budget would eliminate the right to utilize spousal refusal for community Medicaid eligibility and would abolish parental refusal which allows severely disabled children access to Medicaid. • While the Affordable Care Act now makes access to affordable care more feasible, many of New York’s most vulnerable residents are not eligible for the marketplace coverage, or the coverage is insufficient to meet their medical needs. • These individuals will be left without access to vital Medicaid services like homecare. Status: • Currently in the Governor’s budget, the legislature is poised to not include it in their one-house bill. “The Ask” (What we would like them to do): • Please oppose the elimination of spousal/parental refusal Phone Script: “Hi, my name is _____, I’m a constituent of Assemblymember X/Senator X (deepening on which office you’re calling)and I’m a (Government relations Committee member, I live with MS, Board Member, Healthcare Advisory Committee Member, etc) with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. I want to ask for your support to oppose the Governor’s proposed elimination of spousal/parental refusal. Can you ask Assemblymember X/Senator X to advocate that this language not be included in their one-house bill? Thank you for your time, please feel free to contact me with any questions.

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