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MS Society Disappointed with Senate Healthcare Bill

June 22, 2017

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society today expresses disappointment with the Senate Republican’s Healthcare bill. Despite hundreds of meetings with and thousands of letters and calls to Congress by MS activists explaining the care and coverage people living with the disease need to live their best live, the Senate produced legislation behind closed doors that does not meet these needs.
 
“The National MS Society believes the Senate bill is ill-conceived and should be rejected,” says Bari Talente, Executive Vice President of Advocacy. “While we await specifics about expected coverage losses and fiscal impact from the Congressional Budget Office, the Society encourages Senators to reject the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 as it does not improve access to coverage and care for people living with MS. Healthcare is too important for a bill to be developed by a handful of people in a back room that doesn’t account for the real needs of people who rely on their health coverage.”
 
People like Marques Jones of Richmond, VA who was diagnosed with MS eight years ago.
 
“If the Senate votes to repeal protections gained with the ACA, all the hard work I’ve done to fight this terrible illness, start my own business, and keep living my life to the fullest for myself and, most of all, my family will be lost.  I’ll be at the mercy of the health insurance companies, my hold on the American dream will be broken, and my ability to strive for a better life…be thrown into chaos and uncertainty,” said Jones. Read more about Jones in a recent Momentum magazine article.
 

“While some of the Senate’s proposed policy changes are being touted as providing people with choice and flexibility, people do not choose to be diagnosed with a chronic, expensive condition such as MS,” explains Talente. “An MS diagnosis, other diagnoses or life-altering incidents like car accidents can happen to anyone—at any time. Access is meaningless—and will ultimately cost our country more—unless it is affordable and covers the comprehensive care that people need.” Read more about the impact of the Better Care Reconciliation Act. 

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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