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West Virginia's David McKinley Named National MS Society 2013 U.S. Representative of the Year

February 27, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC – Representative David McKinley of West Virginia’s First District is the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s 2013 U.S. Representative of the Year.

Amongst his memorable achievements related to the MS community is Representative McKinley’s introduction of a bill that will help to address the issue of high drug costs. He also urged the House Appropriations Committee to allocate at least $32 billion for the NIH in 2014.

“Representative McKinley is a strong advocate in the House on behalf of people with disabilities and everyone affected by MS,” National MS Society President and CEO Cyndi Zagieboylo says. “We’re proud to name him 2013 Representative of the Year for his work on assisting people with disabilities access affordable healthcare and support of the NIH.”

Representative McKinley also supports rural pharmacies so that, despite a lack of technology, pharmacists are well-informed about crucial medical information. Additionally, McKinley supported funding for the Lifespan Respite Care Program, which helps states deliver quality relief care to more than 60 million family caregivers, including those caring for individuals living with MS.

“I am honored to be named Representative of the Year by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. I am grateful for the leadership and the work of the Society to draw attention to the needs of those who have MS as well as their families,” says Representative McKinley. “As hundreds of thousands of Americans continue to live with MS, it is critical that Congress understand the impact of this disease and that policy decisions are made with that understanding in mind.”

Bestowing its highest honor for elected officials, the National MS Society will present Representative McKinley with the U.S. Representative of the Year award during its annual Public Policy Conference, running from March 10 to 12, 2014. The event brings more than 300 MS activists from around the country to DC to educate elected officials about needs of people affected by MS.

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About Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts 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 leading to better understanding and 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 2.3 million people worldwide.


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