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U.S. Representative Ryan Costello Announced as Multiple Sclerosis Caucus Co-Chair

March 7, 2017

The National MS Society is proud to announce U.S. Representative Ryan Costello of Pennsylvania’s 6th Congressional District as a new Co-Chair of the Congressional MS Caucus. Representative Costello joins U.S. Representative David Price of North Carolina’s 4th Congressional District at the helm of the caucus.

“It’s an honor to have Representative Costello serve as Co-Chair of the MS Caucus,” said Bari Talente, Executive Vice President of Advocacy at the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. “Since being elected to Congress in 2014, Representative Costello has been very supportive of issues impacting people with MS. He cosponsored the Advancing Research for Neurological Diseases Act, cosponsored and voted for the 21st Century Cures Act, and cosponsored legislation to protect and improve access to individually configured wheelchairs and their fundamental components called “accessories.” He’s also supported increased funding for innovative MS research funded by the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program.”

The Congressional MS Caucus is a bipartisan caucus comprised of dedicated members of the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate who raise awareness about MS on Capitol Hill.  The National MS Society and MS activists work with MS Caucus members to advance creative federal policy solutions to the challenges facing people living with MS, family members and other caregivers, and providers. Issues include MS research funding, access to quality healthcare, long-term supports and services and disability rights. The Senate MS Caucus continues to be chaired by Senator Bob P. Casey of Pennsylvania.

Visit the National MS Society website for a full list of MS Caucus members and frequently asked questions about the MS Caucus.

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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