National Multiple Sclerosis Society
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Position: The National Multiple Sclerosis Society urges full expansion of Medicaid pursuant to the Affordable Care Act so that all qualified Georgians have access to affordable, comprehensive health care.
The financial impact of MS on individuals and families can be devastating:
Leveraging federal dollars to provide low-income working Georgians health insurance is a smart investment that could provide up to 650,000 Georgians, including people with MS affordable, comprehensive coverage.
Ask Congress to provide funding for MS research to stop MS in its tracks, restore what has been lost and end MS forever.
Lack of public information on the price of healthcare services, the paperwork required to attain care, and insufficient notification of benefit changes contribute to the burden of living with MS.
Ensure that regulatory agencies support MS research to stop MS in its tracks, restore what has been lost and end MS forever.
People living with multiple sclerosis sometimes find it necessary for them to modify their homes to increase accessibility and improve safety. Modifying a home may also allow a person with MS to maintain a connection to a job, remain an active member of the community, or even to remain independent. However, these modifications can be prohibitively expensive. People with MS may benefit from financial relief through tax credits, grants or assistance programs.
Every person with multiple sclerosis needs access to a comprehensive network of healthcare providers to meet his or her unique healthcare needs.
People with MS must have access to the healthcare and medications they need to live their best lives.
Medicaid is a joint federal and state program that helps with medical costs for some people with limited income and resources. Medicaid also offers benefits not normally covered by Medicare, like nursing home care and personal care services.
To ensure Medicare is able to provide quality, comprehensive healthcare for older Americans and people with disabilities, , including many living with MS.
People living with MS need access to high-quality, affordable long-term services and supports that meet their needs, and help them remain independent and avoid financial hardship.
The National MS Society and MS activists engage on the following issues at the state and federal level.
Caregivers of people with MS spend about 24 hours a week providing care. Of these caregivers, 64% are emotionally drained, 32% experience depression and 22% have lost a job due to caregiving responsibilities. The Lifespan Respite Care Program helps states better coordinate and deliver quality respite care that improves the health of family caregivers and allows the person living with MS to continue living at home.
Take a step toward Fairness and Transparency by requiring health plans to notify enrollees of increases in cost to their prescription drug benefits during the terms of a contract.
People living with MS who depend on prescription medications should be able to rely on their health insurance and the insurer’s drug formulary for the life of the insurance contract.
Health insurance contracts resemble other contracts of adhesion and provide no opportunity for an enrollee to negotiate the bulk of the contract’s terms or option to opt-out during the contract year. Providing continuity of prescription drug coverage is an essential safeguard that maintains access to vital and often life-saving medicines.
HB 644 requires health plans to:
Greater transparency will help individuals budget for the costs of their medications. Unexpected changes to prescription drug costs during the 12-month contract period can create a serious problem for policy holders. An unexpected increase—especially for expensive prescriptions—can be difficult to absorb, often leaving no option but to stop essential treatment.