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New Hampshire’s Maggie Hassan Honored as the National MS Society Governor of the Year

March 14, 2016

New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan is named National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s 2015 Governor of the Year. Governor Hassan, as the mother of a child living with severe physical disabilities, is an ardent and long-time advocate for the full inclusion of people with disabilities in our workforce and communities. Her bold leadership shaped the bipartisan expansion of New Hampshire’s Medicaid program, which increased access to health coverage to as many as 50,000 hard-working Granite Staters, including people who live with MS. In 2014, under her leadership, the New Hampshire Insurance Department began the process of reviewing current regulations and seeking public input to revise and improve network adequacy rules and transparency.

“Governor Hassan works tirelessly to ensure that the people of New Hampshire can live their best lives,” National MS Society President and CEO Cyndi Zagieboylo says. “Her work toward inclusion of people with disabilities in our workforce and communities is admirable and the Society is proud to name her Governor of the Year.”

“New Hampshire has a strong tradition of treating all of our citizens with respect and dignity, reflecting our understanding as Granite Staters that fully including all people is critical to the strength of our society, our democracy and our economy,” Governor Hassan said. “As Governor, I am focused on building a stronger, more innovative New Hampshire where all of our citizens are included in our shared success and prosperity, and expanding access to health care is critical to those efforts. I am honored to be recognized as Governor of the Year by the MS Society, and I look forward to continue working together to make New Hampshire an even better place to work, live and raise a family.”

In 2013, Hassan proclaimed October Disability Employment Awareness month in New Hampshire. Each July, she officiates the New Hampshire Americans with Disabilities Act Award that recognizes the outstanding accomplishments and leadership within a business, organization or individual that supports independence, inclusive, accessible environments and services for individuals with disabilities, above and beyond normal requirements and business responsibilities.

Bestowing its highest honor for elected officials, the National MS Society will present Governor Hassan with the Governor of the Year award during its 25th annual Public Policy Conference, from March 14 to 16, 2016. The event brings close to 350 MS activists from across the country to D.C. to educate elected officials about the needs of people affected by MS.

For more information on Governor Hassan visit governor.nh.gov, facebook.com/GovernorHassan or twitter.com/GovernorHassan. #NH
 
For more information on the Society and MS issues, visit nationalMSsociety.org/advocacy, facebook.com/nationalMSsociety, twitter.com/MSactivist, or follow these hashtags in social media: #MS, #MSactivist, #MSresearch #NIH #CDMRP, and #neurodata.

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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