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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 msactivist@nmss.org with any questions, and learn more about MS State Action Day here: https://www.nationalmssociety.org/Get-Involved/Advocate-for-Change/Take-Action/State-Action-Day  

About Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable disease of the central nervous system. Currently there is no cure. Symptoms vary from person to person and may include disabling fatigue, mobility challenges, cognitive changes, and vision issues. An estimated 1 million people live with MS in the United States. Early diagnosis and treatment are critical to minimize disability. Significant progress is being made to achieve a world free of MS.

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