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Congress Passes Omnibus Bill – Includes MS Priorities

December 23, 2022

On December 23rd, the House of Representatives passed an omnibus spending package for fiscal year 2023 (FY23). This legislation prevents a government shutdown and funds federal agencies and programs until September 30, which is the end of the federal fiscal year. The Senate passed the legislation earlier in the day and President Biden is expected to quickly sign the bill into law. 

Thanks to the dedication of MS Activists across the country throughout the year, several MS policy priorities were included:
  • $47.5 billion for the National Institutes of Health, a $2.5 billion increase from last year;
  • $20 million in funding for the MS Research Program at the Department of Defense, level continued funding from last year;
  • Extensions for Medicare telehealth flexibilities enacted during the COVID-19 pandemic for two years (until 2024);
  • $5 million for the National Neurological Conditions Surveillance System, level continued funding from last year; and
  • $10 million for the Lifespan Respite Program, a nearly $2 million increase from last year.
The bill also including funding for many programs and policies that benefit people living with MS

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About Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis, and there is currently no cure for MS. 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. An estimated 1 million people live with MS in the United States. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, and it affects women three times more than men.

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