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President Signs Continuing Resolution To Fund The Government Into Fiscal Year 2021

October 1, 2020

On October 1, President Trump signed H.R.8337, a continuing resolution (CR) that provides funding for federal agencies and extends many federal programs through December 11, 2020, into law. The CR funds most federal agencies, programs and activities at the FY 2020 levels and was passed by both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate earlier in the week. While the Society understands the need for a short-term CR to fund the government through the November election timeframe, we urge Congress to complete work on the final FY 2021 appropriations bills so that important MS research and programs are funded.  

The CR also extends a number of health provisions. It extends funding, outreach and assistance activities for low-income Medicare beneficiaries and extends the Medicaid Money Follows the Person Rebalancing Demonstration and spousal impoverishment protections for individuals receiving home and community-based services.   

The bill does not address any COVID-19 related needs or programs and the Society will continue to work with both the House and Senate on the next COVID-19 pandemic response bill.

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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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