National Multiple Sclerosis Society
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Michigan issues emphasized in our advocacy efforts include Medicaid Home and Community Care Waiver funding, long-term care reform, insurance coverage.
The National Multiple Sclerosis Society believes it is important to expand quality public and private long term care options. We especially endorse options that keep individuals at home or in the community as long as possible and functioning at the highest possible level. Click here to learn more and take action.
Michigan activists are working with Michigan Consumers for Healthcare Advancement, a coalition to implement healthcare reform in Michigan. Click here to learn what healthcare benefits are available and what policy changes are pending.
Expanding Medicaid is a smart investment for Michigan. The expansion will provide affordable, comprehensive health care coverage for low income people with MS. Click here to learn why Medicaid expansion is important.
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Ask Congress to provide funding for MS research to stop MS in its tracks, restore what has been lost and end MS forever.
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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.
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.
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.