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National MS Society 2017 Public Policy Conference

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Welcome MS Activists to the Public Policy Conference!

Find everything you need to prepare for the National MS Society’s 2017 Public Policy Conference and visits to Capitol Hill, March 20-22, 2017. Please check back often, as items will be added as the conference approaches. 

Reserve Hotel Room(s)

If you still need to reserve a hotel room, please email leanne.sims@nmss.org. For all accessible hotel room needs, please contact Doris Lill at doris.lill@nmss.org or 303-698-6167 as explained in the “Accessibility Needs” section below. 

Travel arrangements

Arrival and Departure Times
  • Arrive at the hotel by 2 p.m. on Monday, March 20.
  • Your departure time on Wednesday, March 22, will depend on when your state delegation completes its visits on Capitol Hill. From the time your last visit is done, we recommend 2.5-3 hours to return to the hotel for luggage and travel to Reagan National Airport for your flight.
  • The hotel does not operate an airport shuttle, so please consult this Transportation Guide for taxi and public transportation options.

Airports and Train Stations
  • It is most convenient to fly into Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA)—as it’s the closest airport to the hotel and Capitol Hill.
  • At least an hour of additional travel time is necessary if flying into Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) or Dulles International Airport (IAD). 
  • If traveling by train, taxis from Union Station to the hotel are estimated at $15/way.

Accessibility needs

  • Hotel Rooms: If you or a loved one requires an accessible hotel room, please email Doris Lill or call 303-698-6167 as soon as possible so that we can actively ensure that all attendee needs are met. Accessible hotel rooms will be assigned on a first come, first serve basis.
  • Transportation to/from Capitol Hill: Will be provided. If you did not indicate on registration that you or a loved one need accessible transportation to/from Capitol Hill, you can log into your account and edit this category.Once your state’s Hill visits are scheduled, Society staff will coordinate departure and return times. 
  • Mobility, Personal Care Attendants and Medical Equipment: If you or a loved one requires a personal care attendant and/or medical equipment while at the conference, please make arrangements in advance by contacting leanne.sims@nmss.org. If you or a loved one requires a wheelchair or scooter, please fill out this form and return it to leanne.sims@nmss.org by March 3rd, 2017. Instructions regarding the pick-up, storage, and drop off of your mobility device will be provided prior to the conference.

Conference agenda

Check out the conference agenda!

Conference trainings

Mobile App

Download the free mobile app for iPhone and Android to manage your schedule, learn more about your elected officials, view maps and more. Search for "MS Activist" in your device’s app store or marketplace, or download the app at http://ntl.MS/app-activism.

Capitol Hill visits and follow-up

Scheduling Capitol Hill Visits: During Capitol Hill visits, MS activists will urge Congress to support:
  1. MS Research Appropriations
    • Issue summary and talking points coming soon
  2. Access to Affordable, High Quality Healthcare
    • Issue summary and talking points coming soon
  3. Access to MS Medications
    • Issue summary and talking points coming soon
After your visit, please take a moment to follow up with the office(s) you visited. This is a great time to thank and reconnect with congressional staff. Feel free to use this sample "thank you" follow up email.

Washington, D.C. local information

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