Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy is the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s 2014 Governor of the Year. In 2014, Governor Malloy worked tirelessly to improve the lives of people living with multiple sclerosis (MS) and their families. He supported expansion of home- and community-based services for people with disabilities on numerous fronts, allowing people to remain at home and be active participants in their communities. Through his state budget, Governor Malloy provided funding for 50 additional adults with degenerative neurological conditions including MS to receive home- and community-based support through the state-funded Connecticut Home Care Program for Adults with Disabilities. He also advocated for implementation of the Community First Choice Program which will empower Medicaid beneficiaries to self-direct their care and select personal care attendant services.
“Governor Malloy has done remarkable work for people with disabilities and their families, including those affected by MS,” says Cynthia Zagieboylo, National MS Society President and CEO. “His commitment and dedication to helping people live their best lives is inspiring and the Society is pleased to honor him.”
Additionally, Governor Malloy advocates for people with disabilities to live in affordable, accessible housing, and backed the Ojakian Commons project in Simsbury, Connecticut. Done in collaboration with the National MS Society, this 48-unit complex will offer barrier-free housing as well as onsite programming and wellness activities to maintain optimal health and function for those with progressive disabilities.
Governor Malloy has been a champion for people with health conditions by signing into law a bill that limits the restrictions and time that a person must take a medication that isn’t working right before trying a different medication.
“I am honored to be named Governor of the Year by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society,” said Governor Malloy. “Empowering people is of utmost importance to the state of Connecticut. One of the highlights of my term as Governor has been working with the Society to support the Ojakian Commons housing complex so that people living with progressive disabilities can live their best lives.”
Bestowing its highest honor for elected officials, the National MS Society will present Governor Malloy with the Governor of the Year award during its annual Public Policy Conference, running from March 9 to 11, 2015. The event brings more than 325 MS activists from across the country to DC to educate elected officials about the needs of people affected by MS.