Archive for March, 2011
Posted by adjmediator in Uncategorized on March 28, 2011
There may soon be a doubling of treatment options for MS. What will this mean for people living with the disease? This feature story from the Spring 2011 issue of Momentum is now available online in our new, fully interactive digital edition!
We need your help.
We know that the out of pocket costs for MS prescription drugs can overwhelm family budgets and affect a patient’s adherence to these critical medications. It has been an issue at the forefront of the advocacy efforts of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society across the country. This year in California, we are delighted that Assembly member Fiona Ma (D-San Francisco) has introduced Assembly Bill 310 to cap the out of pocket costs for very expensive specialty drugs, including the MS injectible medications, to assure that patients can afford and access their prescription drugs.
We will be working closely with Assembly member Ma’s office to ensure this legislation’s success. The first step toward building our case for the need to cap the out of pocket costs for specialty drugs is to identify those MS patients that have been burdened by this problem. In moving this bill through the legislative process we will eventually need people’s stories, as well as asking individuals who have been affected by this problem to appear at press conferences and hearings. If you or someone in your family with MS have difficulty meeting the out of pocket costs for your MS drugs, please let me know as soon as possible.
We are very excited at the prospect of passing legislation that will reduce your out of pocket costs for these very expensive MS drugs. But, your help is critical in this effort.
If you have a story to tell, email Cheryl Roberto-Lvovsky, Advocacy Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Early and ongoing treatment with an FDA-approved therapy can make a difference for people with multiple sclerosis. Learn about your options by talking to your health care professional and contacting the National MS Society at http://www.nationalmssociety.org/ or 1-800-344-4867.
Our postal address is:
National Multiple Sclerosis Society
733 Third Avenue
New York, New York 10017