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Additional Issues

The National MS Society and MS activists engage on the following issues at the state and federal level.

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What We Are Trying to Accomplish

To remain at the forefront of healthcare and disability rights policy, the Society monitors legislation on:
  • Telehealth - Telehealth is the utilization of new technology to allow care to be delivered remotely (for instance, in rural areas). This includes consultations, remote monitoring and collaboration between providers. States are utilizing telehealth in their Medicaid programs, private insurers are beginning to offer telehealth coverage, and the federal government is gathering evidence to decide how to best implement telehealth benefits in the Medicare program. Innovative tools and technology used in the delivery of healthcare bridge geographic, linguistic and health literacy gaps, and enhance access for people with physical and cognitive limitations.
  • Medical Cannabis - Medical cannabis has shown preliminary efficacy in treating some symptoms of MS, such as muscle spasticity. While some states have legalized the medical and/or recreational use of cannabis, roadblocks still exist at the federal level restricting research into the benefits of cannabis. The Society has advocated for the establishment of state medical marijuana programs and has urged the Drug Enforcement Administration to reschedule cannabis to allow broader research into its potential benefits. The Society has also supported federal legislation that would accomplish the same goal. People with MS should have the information and resources they need to make informed decisions to live their best lives, and advocate for their healthcare — including the use of medical cannabis.
  • Value-Based Care – Value-based care is a departure from the traditional fee-for-service approach. In value-based care, healthcare providers are paid for helping keep people healthy in an evidenced-based, more cost-conscious way by improving quality and outcomes for patients.
  • Disability Rights – Securing equal opportunities and equal rights for all regardless of ability.
  • Access to Rehabilitation Therapies - People with MS use rehab to help maintain functions that allow them to live, work and play safely and independently in their homes and communities.  

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