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Society Response to Executive Order on Health Care

October 12, 2017

“The Executive Order released this morning is absolutely the wrong approach for people living with MS,” said Bari Talente, Executive Vice President of Advocacy for the National MS Society. “This order erodes protections in health insurance that are critically important to people with chronic and high-cost health care needs. This Executive Order both undermines bipartisan efforts to find solutions for our nation’s healthcare system and is another step to damage the Affordable Care Act.

Rolling back critical protections will create more health insurance options that shortsightedly may serve the needs of younger or currently healthy people, but at the expense of others like older or sicker people whose costs will be driven up, and those currently healthy who find themselves facing a healthcare crisis. The destabilizing effects of this Executive Order will be devastating for the individual insurance market and potentially the entire health insurance system.” 

Learn more about the Society’s work on access to affordable, quality health insurance coverage

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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