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MS Activist Marcillene Dover Awarded Kansas Hospital Association 2016 Advocate of the Year

September 12, 2016

Wichita, KS (September 12, 2016) – The Mid America Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society is pleased to announce that MS Activist, Marcillene Dover, was the recipient of the 2016 Kansas Hospital Association’s Distinguished Health Care Advocate of the Year Award.  The award goes to people who have demonstrated their commitment through participation in the public domain.   Marcillene received the award at the Kansas Hospital Association’s annual convention and awards banquet September 8. 
 
Marcillene’s activism began in 2015 when she shared her story of being uninsured and diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.  Marcillene testified in support of KanCare Expansion at a hearing at the Kansas State Capitol. At the time, Marcillene was a full-time college student who had worked as many as 3 jobs to stay ahead.  Although she was working, her income was not enough for her to acquire insurance.
 
Marcillene was fortunate to find Project Access, a Wichita nonprofit organization, that connected her to a neurologist who provided her with donated care, but she recognized that her situation was tenuous and that others living in the “KanCare Gap” would not be as fortunate.  Over the past two years, Marcillene has told her story to numerous groups and in numerous venues. 
 
Marcillene’s mission has been to ensure that the discussion of KanCare Expansion takes into account the importance of healthcare to peoples’ lives.  “Marcillene’s passion and empathy for the 150,000 uninsured Kansans has made her an effective voice for this issue of vital importance.  She put a face to the statistics and reminded us all of the impact that access to healthcare has in the lives of individuals living with MS, their families, their caregivers, as well as other uninsured Kansans,”  said Kari Rinker, Senior Advocacy Manager with the National MS Society.
 
The Society believes in breaking down existing barriers and improving the quality of life for those living with MS.  Our support for KanCare Expansion is a reflection of that commitment.
 
For more information about the National MS Society’s position on KanCare Expansion, contact Kari Rinker at kari.rinker@nmss.org
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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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