National Multiple Sclerosis Society
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Ask Congress to provide funding for MS research to stop MS in its tracks, restore what has been lost and end MS forever.
People with MS must have access to the healthcare and medications they need to live their best lives.
The National MS Society and MS activists engage on the following issues at the state and federal level.
Ensure that regulatory agencies support MS research to stop MS in its tracks, restore what has been lost and end MS forever.
People living with multiple sclerosis sometimes find it necessary for them to modify their homes to increase accessibility and improve safety. Modifying a home may also allow a person with MS to maintain a connection to a job, remain an active member of the community, or even to remain independent. However, these modifications can be prohibitively expensive. People with MS may benefit from financial relief through tax credits, grants or assistance programs.
Every person with multiple sclerosis needs access to a comprehensive network of healthcare providers to meet his or her unique healthcare needs.
Medicaid is a joint federal and state program that helps with medical costs for some people with limited income and resources. Medicaid also offers benefits not normally covered by Medicare, like nursing home care and personal care services.
To ensure Medicare is able to provide quality, comprehensive healthcare for older Americans and people with disabilities, , including many living with MS.
People living with MS need access to high-quality, affordable long-term services and supports that meet their needs, and help them remain independent and avoid financial hardship.
Lack of public information on the price of healthcare services, the paperwork required to attain care, and insufficient notification of benefit changes contribute to the burden of living with MS.
Allowing patients to see doctors and specialists through telemedicine will increase access to care
New York City moves to increase the number of accessible taxis on the street
Access to care is a major concern for many low and middle income families. Eliminating spousal refusal does not address this issue and only exacerbates the ability for individuals to get appropriate coverage. Spousal Refusal allows legally responsible relatives (souses and parents) to refuse to financially support their spouse or child for purposes of determining Medicaid eligibility. Middle and low income families rely on spousal refusal to preserve their income to make ends meet. This proposal will likely force many couples to divorce and families to go on welfare in order to secure appropriate care for their loved ones.
The New York City Council has increased the Disability Rent Increase Exemption (DRIE) from $29,000 to $50,000. DRIE freezes rents for residents with disabilities who are living in rent-regulated housing with annual incomes of $50,000 or less and who pay one third or more of their income in rent. DRIE is similar to the Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption (SCRIE) program which received the same increase earlier this year.
For more information regarding the DRIE program you can dial 311 or visit the SCRIE/DRIE walk in office from 8:30am – 4:30pm at:
66 John Street, Third Floor
New York, NY 10038