At the National MS Society, we relentlessly advocate for federal, state, and local government change essential to people with MS.
We must work together to break down barriers to care, improve access to quality health services, and make MS therapies more affordable. We must fight for disability rights, MS research funding, and long-term care resources.
We are activists. We make MS issues national priority issues. We share our personal stories. And we ask our public officials for change that benefits people living with MS and others with disabilities and chronic illnesses.
Change happens through MS activism. Join the movement at www.nationalMSsociety.org/MSactivist.
The National MS Society and individuals nationwide relentlessly advocate every day for community, state, and federal issues that impact the lives of people with MS. Our MS activists are the voices of change for the approximately 400,000 people living with MS nationwide.
The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Connecticut Chapter serves over 6,000 people with MS in the state's eight counties. Our history of MS activism in Connecticut began in the late 1990's when we began to work on organizing efforts to influence state policies. Our lobbyist, Betty Gallo & Company, has worked with the chapter since 1999.
Over the past 12 years, our priorities have included:
- accessible women's health care
- long-term care services for people with MS
- Medicaid issues
- year-round energy assistance for cooling vests
Our work in long-term care advocacy has led to the Connecticut Chapter being viewed as an important resource and a voice for younger people with disabilities who need long-term care.
The chapter's activism led to the development of the state funded Connecticut Home Care Program for the Disabled (CHCPD). This program offers services to help individuals at risk of institutionalization remain in their own homes. Over three-fourths of the individuals in CHCPD have MS.
• Get Involved
Find easy ways to be an MS activist, including tips and tools.
• Priority MS Issues
Learn about our priorities for improved health care legislation and government programs — at the community, state and national levels.
• About MS Activism
Read about the movement to raise awareness for MS and call for change.
• Success Stories
Read about other MS activists and our success stories.
• Share Your Story
Tell legislators how MS affects your life.
• Government Programs
Read about available government programs and how they are working for people living with MS.
• Advocacy Resources
Learn about advocacy basics, who represents you, voter registration information, and other useful links.
Change happens through MS activism. Join the movement at www.nationalMSsociety.org/MSactivist. For more information about being an MS activist in Connecticut, please contact us at email@example.com or call 800.344.4867.