National Multiple Sclerosis Society
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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.
People with MS must have access to the healthcare and medications they need to live their best lives.
The National MS Society and MS activists engage on the following issues at the state and federal level.
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.
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.
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.
Streamline Step Therapy and Prior Authorization Protocols (Utilization Management Protocols) — Signed into Law 4.29.2019 — Effective 7.28.2019
The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Greater Northwest Chapter, supports efforts to base treatment decisions on research and medical expertise rather than cost alone.
Washington State Utilization Management Position Statement
The Washington Long Term Care Trust Act — Signed into Law 5.13.2019
The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Greater Northwest Chapter, supports efforts to help people plan for all their future options related to long-term care.
The Long-term Care Trust Act in the media:
Washingtonians for a Responsible Future
Prescription Drug Cost Transparency — Signed into Law 5.9.2019 — Effective 7.28.2019
The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Greater Northwest Chapter, supports efforts to improve transparency across the health system, including prescription drug costs and pricing.
Washington State Prescription Drug Cost Transparency Position Statement