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Missouri MS Task Force Releases First Report

May 8, 2017

The bi-partisan Missouri Multiple Sclerosis Task Force released it's first report detailing recommendations on how the state can help address critical issues facing people with MS. The issues are
categorized as follows:
  1.  Access to Quality Health Care:
    1. Isolation and Mental Health
    2. Connections and Awareness
    3. Rural Health Care Access
    4. Telehealth/Telemedicine
  2. Insurance Reform:
    1. Barriers to Medication Access: Administrative Burdens, High Cost and inadequate Information, a perspective from the National MS Society, perspective from a neurologist and a pharmacist
  3. Needs and Barriers to Persons with MS being able to be Independent:
    1. Transportation
    2. Housing: Affordable and Accessible
    3. Public Housing
    4. Home and Community-bases Services
The purpose of the MS Task force was to develop strategies to identify and address the unmet
needs of persons with MS in order to enhance the quality of life of persons living with MS by
maximizing productivity and independence, and addressing the emotional, social and vocational
challenges of persons with MS; and to develop strategies to provide persons with MS greater
access to various treatments and other therapeutic options that may be available.

The MS Task Force met in Jefferson City and through teleconference to develop these recommendations and was chaired by Darnetta Clinkscale. 

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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