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    Services

    1. Crisis Counseling

      Learning to live with a chronic illness like MS challenges a person's sense of psychological well-being. Professional counselors are available to assist. Up to five sessions of crisis counseling are available for uninsured or under-insured individual.

    2. Care Management

      Chapter members feel overwhelmed by their MS and are unable to identify and tap into available community resources that can help them cope with the challenges of having a chronic disease. A social worker is sent to the member's home to assess, plan and coordinate needs relating to long-term care issues, access to entitlements and financial management.

    3. Critical Short Term Financial Assistance

      Emergency financial support is available for people with MS experiencing a financial emergency (e.g. utilities and rent).

    4. Equipment Purchase

      The Chapter provides financial assistance toward the purchase of durable medical equipment (wheelchairs, scooters, shower benches) if the member’s insurance carrier has denied coverage or if funding is prohibitive.

    5. Modifications: Home and Auto

      The Chapter provides financial assistance toward the implementation of home and auto modifications. A doctor’s prescription is required, along with a written assessment from the contractor, including needs and cost. All modifications must be ADA compliant. In addition, a written statement of agreement from the owner of the building is needed.

    6. Home Care

      The Chapter provides up to 100 hours of home care services to assist an individual with the activities of daily living (dressing, bathing, personal hygiene, etc.) This program is not available for people with Medicaid or an existing insurance that includes home care as a covered service.

    7. Medical Transportation

      The chapter offers a maximum of three round trips (or the financial equivalent) for members to get to appointments with health care professionals. Requests must be made at least one week prior to the medical appointment. Please identify if you are using a wheelchair, scooter, or power wheelchair.

    8. Occupational Therapy

      This program helps people living with MS to deal with the variety of diminished cognitive and physical capabilities that may accompany the disease. Members may be referred to an OT for a home evaluation for accessibility compliance. Up to eight sessions of OT can be arranged. A doctor’s prescription and the letter of refusal from your insurance company (when applicable) are required.

    9. Physical Therapy

      The physical therapist works primarily with motor skills: standing, walking, lifting or moving about in a wheelchair. A program is then tailored to meet a person’s specific needs. Up to eight sessions of PT are available. A doctor’s prescription and the letter of refusal from your insurance company (when applicable) are required.

    10. Respite Care

      This program provides assistance with care when the usual caregiver is temporarily unavailable because of travel, illness or other demands. The Chapter offers up to 100 hours of home-based care through home health aides. This program is not available for people with Medicaid since it is a covered service.

    11. Speech Therapy

      Speech therapy is available for people who experience slurred speech, low volume, harsh voice quality, slow rate of speech and swallowing difficulties. Up to eight sessions are available. A doctor’s prescription and the letter of refusal from your insurance company(when applicable) are required. Financial assistance toward the purchase of speech communication devices is also available.

    12. Family Counseling

      Counseling services are offered through couple and family sessions. Up to seven counseling sessions are available.

    13. Talk to an MS Navigator

      The Society's MS Navigators help identify solutions and provide access to the resources you are looking for. Call 1-800-344-4867 or see "More info" to contact us online.

    14. Pharmaceutical Financial Assistance Programs

      A list of pharmaceutical and non profit financial assistance programs to assist with the costs of MS medications.

    15. National Scholarship Program

      MS shouldn’t stand in the way of an education. This is why the National MS Society's scholarship program exists — to help highly qualified students who have been diagnosed with MS or who have a parent with MS achieve their dreams of going to college.

    Resources

    1. Veterans with Multiple Sclerosis

      The National MS Society is collaborating with the Department of Veteran’s Affairs MS Centers of Excellence to support improved care and support services for veterans with multiple sclerosis and their families.

    2. Partnership for Prescription Assistance New York

      PPARNY is a program that connects qualified, low-income people with discount prescription drugs, direct from the pharmaceutical manufacturer. PPARNY offers a single point of access to public and private patient assistance programs, including more than 150 programs offered by pharmaceutical companies.

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