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MS Activists Make Their Voices Heard at MS State Action Day

May 6, 2022

MS State Action Day events were held in 16 states in 2022 between January and May. The virtual events included a policy training, time to connect with other MS Activists, and an opportunity to take action by contacting legislators through email, Twitter, and phone calls.

Society staff, MS Activists, policy experts, and elected officials shared stories and information at MS State Action Day, empowering MS Activists to advocate for important issues including access to affordable MS medications, comprehensive health coverage, medical cannabis, mental health, and more.

By the numbers:
  • More than 1,200 MS Activists participated in MS State Action Days
  • Over 2,500 connections were made with lawmakers through email, twitter, and phone calls
  • 200 people joined the MS Activist Network for the first time
Activists in many states are celebrating wins following MS State Action Day:
  • Georgia unanimously passed landmark legislation (HB 1013) to improve mental and behavioral health services
  • Maryland passed the Time to Care Act (SB 275), which will establish one of the most comprehensive paid family and medical leave programs in the country
  • Washington passed SB 5532 to create a prescription drug affordability board and SB 5610 to make all copays count towards patients’ deductibles and out-of-pocket costs.
Information about future MS State Action Days will be shared on our website and through email. Please contact with any questions, and learn more about MS State Action Day here:  

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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