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We are MS activists, speaking with one clear voice to raise awareness about multiple sclerosis and educate elected officials on the needs of people affected by MS. When we raise our voices together, share our stories, and urge action, we can make systemic change. Over the last three decades, MS activists have played an important role in driving change for people with MS and beyond.  Together we have established the MS Research Program at the Department of Defense and secured over $93 million for innovative MS research, eliminated surprise medical billing, and secured needed relief for people with MS in the Coronavirus Relief Act of 2020, and more.

You can help make progress for people with MS. The live 2021 Public Policy Conference was held on March 22 - 23 - but all sessions and breakouts are available on demand until December 31, 2021. CLICK HERE TO ENTER THE VIRTUAL PPC.

To view the sessions on demand visit the General Sessions room and click "Watch" on the screen to select your session. To view breakouts visit the Breakout Session room and pick from the available Monday and Tuesday breakouts.

 
No experience is necessary. Sessions will be held virtually, and you are welcome to attend as many or as few as you would like. There is no cost to attend, but registration is required. Click here for a guide on how to navigate the virtual environment. 

Agenda

Click here to view a full agenda and list of speakers for the virtual Public Policy Conference. 

Capitol Hill visits

MS Research Funding
The Dear Colleague letter supporting $20 million for the MS Research Program at the Department of Defense is being lead this year by Representatives Cardenas(CA-29), Lori Trahan (MA-3) and Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-1). You can ask your member of Congress to sign on at this form by Wednesday, April 21, 2021.

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Research Your Members of Congress: Visit Congress.gov to look up their voting record.

Scheduling and Preparing for Capitol Hill Visits:
  • Each state has a designated point-person managing the scheduling for that state’s Capitol Hill visits. Please contact your state government relations staff person for more information - contact us at msactivist@nmss.org if you have any questions. 
    • Click here for a sample visit request letter. 
    • Click here for a list of congressional schedulers by state.
After Your Capitol Hill Visits:

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