The National Multiple Sclerosis Society – California Action Network (MS-CAN) is the state advocacy arm of the three California chapters of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. The mission of MS-CAN is to improve the quality of life for people with multiple sclerosis through public policy development and reform. MS-CAN and its network of chapters educate decision makers in the state and work with them to advance sound public policies that have a positive impact on individuals with multiple sclerosis. The California chapters of MS-CAN include:
- Northern California, serving counties from Monterey to the Oregon Border
- Pacific South Coast Chapter, serving San Diego, Orange and Imperial Counties
- Southern California, serving the greater Los Angeles area, and the Inland Empire and extending to San Luis Obispo
MS-CAN Priority Issues Include:
- Assured availability and affordability of public and private sector health insurance plans for all needed MS treatments and therapies;
- Increased access to affordable and community-based long-term care options for the 25-30% of individuals with MS who need long-term care at some point during their illness;
- Access to adequate, consistent, and affordable drug coverage policies, and access guaranteed for all medically necessary prescription drugs;
- Continued enforcement of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to guarantee full and equal access to public and private services and employment for disabled Americans.
Government Relations Advisory Committee
The Government Relations Advisory Committee is organized expressly for the purpose of advocating at the local, state and federal government levels on behalf of Californians with multiple sclerosis and other disabilities. The GRC is an advisory committee and members are responsible for shaping the National MS Society’s advocacy priorities in California by developing the annual policy platform and advancing legislative and regulatory issues. We educate and enroll the greater MS Community of pending legislation that would affect individuals living with MS
Key Responsibilities of the GRC include:
- Engage in strategic conversation to help determine activism priorities and goals, reviewing progress throughout the legislative session an devaluating outcomes of strategies and tactics
- Help identify an execute strategies that will advance the Society’s policy priority issues
- Help advance policy priorities by responding to various forms of communication including email and social media communications
- Represent the Society among stakeholders and decision makers. Establish and strengthen relationships with MS Activists and public policy decision makers to best represent the interests of those affected by multiple sclerosis.
- Participate in State Action Day at the Capitol where we educate MS activists on priority issues and advocate for those positions directly to elected officials and their staff.
- Aid in the recruitment of Government Relations Advisory Committee members.