Sep 10, 2013
PIEDMONT TRIAD – September 4, 2013 – The National MS Society will hold a webinar/teleconference to help people understand “The Affordable Care Act” on Tuesday, October 8.
Title: “The Affordable Care Act: What People with MS Need to Know”
Date/Time: Tuesday, October 8th from 7:30 – 8:30 p.m., ET
This webinar/teleconference will cover:
- Background on the National MS Society’s involvement in healthcare reform
- Explanation of the ways the Affordable Care Act impacts private health insurance, Medicare, and Medicaid
- An overview of the new Health Insurance Marketplace and state Exchanges
- Additional resources about the Affordable Care Act for people with MS
Speakers: Kim Calder & Abby Emanuelson
Kim Calder is the National MS Society’s ‘content expert’ on health insurance, currently serving as the Director of Federal Health Affairs and Insurance Policy, where she leads the organization’s efforts on implementation of the Affordable Care Act. She joined the National MS Society’s Public Policy Office in 2010 after more than six years in our Research & Clinical Programs Department. Before joining the Society, Kim worked in advocacy and government relations for the American Cancer Society, the National Alliance of Breast Cancer Organizations and Cancer Care, Inc. She received her bachelor’s degree from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota and earned her Master of Policy Studies (M.PS) from the New School for Social Research in New York City.
Abby Emanuelson is Sr. Director of Southeast Advocacy for the National MS Society. Abby works with Chapters in the Southeast Region to develop strategic legislative agendas and alliances that engage high level MS Activists. She currently serves on the Society’s State Activism Council and Health Care Reform Implementation Team. Prior to joining the Public Policy Office, she worked for nearly 12 years for the North Carolina Chapters of the National MS Society building federal, state and local relationships to enhance the Society’s activism. Prior to the Society, Abby worked for US Senator Mary Landrieu. Abby received her associate’s degree from Peace College, a bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University and her master’s degree in public administration from NC State University.
About Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple sclerosis, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system, interrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 2.1 million people worldwide.
About the National Multiple Sclerosis Society
The National MS Society addresses the challenges of each person affected by MS. To fulfill this mission, the Society funds cutting-edge research, drives change through advocacy, facilitates professional education, collaborates with MS organizations around the world, and provides programs and services designed to help people with MS and their families move forward with their lives. In 2012 alone, the Society invested $43 million to support 350 research projects around the world while providing programs and services that assisted more than one million people. The Society is dedicated to achieving a world free of MS. Join the movement at www.nationalMSsociety.org.
Early and ongoing treatment with an FDA-approved therapy can make a difference for people with multiple sclerosis. Learn about your options by talking to your health care professional and contacting the National MS Society at nationalMSsociety.org or 1-800-344-4867 (1-800-FIGHT-MS).