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Ohio Governor, John Kasich, Named National MS Society Governor of the Year

February 27, 2014

National MS Society Governor of the Year, John Kasich, meets with Eddie Rauen, Janet Kramer, Linda Kiser, Teresa Smith, and Holly Pendell of the National MS Society's Ohio Buckeye and Ohio Valley Chapters

Ohio Governor John Kasich is the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s 2013 Governor of the Year.

In 2013, Governor Kasich worked tirelessly to improve the lives of people living with multiple sclerosis (MS) and their families. Through political and procedural obstacles, he persevered to expand Medicaid in Ohio, ensuring that at least 275,000 more vulnerable residents—many of whom are living with disabilities—will receive comprehensive, affordable health coverage.

“Governor Kasich has done important things for people with disabilities and their families, including those affected by MS,” says Cyndi Zagieboylo, National MS Society President and CEO. “His commitment to helping people with disabilities live their best lives is appreciated and the Society is pleased to honor him.”

Additionally, Governor Kasich supports consumer choice and care and, as such, directed an extra $31 million to be spent on home- and community-based care. Under Governor Kasich’s leadership, Ohio is also positioned to receive more than $169 million to implement the Balancing Incentive Program, which increases access to long-term services and assistance for aging and disabled residents.

Governor Kasich also supported the National MS Society and other disability advocates’ legislative solution to ensure that people can access needed multi-function wheelchairs.

Bestowing its highest honor for elected officials, the National MS Society will present Governor Kasich with the Governor of the Year award during its annual Public Policy Conference, running from March 10 to 12, 2014. The event brings more than 300 MS activists from across the country to DC to educate elected officials about the needs of people affected by MS.

Kasich, 61, was sworn in as Ohio’s 69th governor on January 10, 2011 after a long career in the House of Representatives. Since then, he has dedicated himself to bringing Ohioans together to make the Buckeye State stronger and more prosperous for all.

About the Ohio Valley Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society

The Ohio Valley Chapter of the National MS Society, founded in 1952, serves nearly 6,000 people with multiple sclerosis and their families in 24 Ohio counties and the three northern Kentucky counties of Boone, Kenton and Campbell. The organization is committed to ensuring that people living with MS across our chapter territory have the information and quality care they need to live healthy, productive and independent lives. To meet these needs, a variety of programs and services that span a spectrum of needs are provided.

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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