Enjoying a quiet lull before the holidays set in? The National MS Society is using this short respite to prepare for the new year—awarding new research grants, connecting with and learning from Society volunteer leaders at the Leadership Conference, launching the 2016 event websites and more!
Keep up with all the exciting Society news by visiting MSnorthwest.org or facebook.com/MSnorthwest.org.
Health insurance open enrollment
The Fall/Winter Open Enrollment period is often the only opportunity to select or make changes to your health insurance plan and for some people living with MS this window of time is critical. This is your chance to understand the options and enroll in the ‘best’ plan offering the most coverage at the lowest cost. Even if you like your health plan, costs and coverage may be changing for next year. If applicable, be sure to mark these deadlines on your calendar! Open Enrollment for Medicare Part D (prescription drug coverage) and Medicare Advantage is Oct. 15 - Dec. 7. Open Enrollment for Marketplace Enrollees and anyone currently without health insurance is Nov. 1, 2015 - Jan. 31, 2016. Don’t know where to start? Give us a call at 1-800-344-4867 and press 1!
Jim O’Donnell: Lifetime Achievement Award
Later this week, local leader and philanthropist Jim O’Donnell will receive one of the highest awards we bestow upon volunteers: the Society’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Jim has supported the Society for more than 30 years, lending his time and talent to move our mission forward in impressive ways. Congratulations to this outstanding volunteer leader!
New opportunities in research
The Society recently committed over $21 million to support an expected 78 new MS research projects as part of our comprehensive research strategy aimed at stopping MS, restoring function that has been lost, and ending the disease forever – for every single person with MS. This financial commitment is just the latest in our efforts to move closer to a world free of MS. In the past year alone, the Society invested over $53 million to support more than 380 new and ongoing studies around the world.
You can make your mark in MS research, too—there’s still time to make a gift to the NOW MS Research Campaign before it comes to a close at the end of the year.
Washington State Action Day: Feb. 2, 2016
Save the date for Washington State Action Day on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016, in Olympia where we will bring the stories of people living with MS to our state's elected officials. Join us, advocate on behalf of the 12,000 people living with MS in our state, and be a leader in the MS movement! No experience necessary and training is provided!
More than 9,000 MS experts, researchers and clinicians convened to share progress in understanding and treating MS at the European Committee for Treatment and Research in MS (ECTRIMS) meeting held in Barcelona, Spain in early October. Results from clinical trials in new approaches to treating progressive and relapsing MS, wellness and lifestyle research, and myelin repair strategies took center stage. Read blogs from the meeting or the scientific abstracts from the sessions.
Don’t forget the Society as you make your final charitable donations for 2015. There are many ways to contribute to the MS movement—consider participating in your workplace giving campaign, Giving Tuesday or AmazonSmile.
Event websites open for registration
Save the date and register for your local Walk MS and/or Bike MS before the holidays hit! The 2016 event websites are now open for online registration. Find an event in your community at walkMS.org and bikeMS.org.
Thank you for Connecting for a Cure
Over the past year, Chapter volunteers have dedicated a total of 17,000 hours to moving the mission of the Society forward. As a way to honor these volunteers and community members, the Chapter hosted four appreciation events across Alaska, Idaho, Montana and Washington where more than 185 guests came together to make connections and celebrate one another.