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MS Activists Celebrate Two Wins in Connecticut

July 6, 2021

The Connecticut General Assembly adjourned on June 9, closing out the 2021 legislative session. With support from dedicated MS Activists across the state, we saw two major wins which will improve the lives of people impacted by MS in Connecticut, both centering on continued access to affordable MS medications.
  • SB 1003/Public Act 21-14: Copay accumulator reform legislation was signed into law on June 2. This legislation ensures that all forms of payment, including copay assistance programs, count towards out-of-pocket deductibles.
  • HB 6622/Public Act 21-96: Governor Lamont signed non-medical switching legislation into law on June 28. This legislation guarantees that health insurers stick to the contract, preventing them from making changes to prescription drug benefits and formularies after the plan year has begun.
MS Activists in Connecticut have worked on non-medical switching for the last four legislative sessions, making their voices heard and raising awareness. This year, one Connecticut resident and MS Activist even had her personal story shared on the floor of the Senate during debate before the bill was passed overwhelmingly. Public Act 21-96 is a testament to the strength, endurance, and dedication of MS Activists.

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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