Many people living with MS rely on government programs—for access to health care, disability benefits, and other services. The National MS Society and MS activists nationwide work to ensure those services are beneficial, accessible, and fair. Our efforts focus on the following programs:
Medicaid is a health insurance program for low-income individuals and families who cannot afford health care costs.
Approximately 25 – 30% of people living with MS rely on Medicare, a public health insurance program for senior citizens and people living with disabilities.
Medicare Prescription Drug Plans
Start learning about drug coverage from a Medicare-approved drug plan by reading a basic overview of Medicare prescription coverage, with an emphasis on issues most relevant to people with MS and their caregivers.
Social Security Disability
If you live with MS and are unable to work due to an MS-related disability or other conditions, you might be entitled to Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. The Society is breaking down barriers to access and making the application process easier.
Veterans Affairs Benefits
If you are a veteran diagnosed with multiple sclerosis within seven years of your separation from the military, the Veterans Health Administration could classify your illness as related to your military service and award you a service-connected disability.