Join the MS Action Network, the center for advocacy at the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Together, we represent the interests of people with MS as important policy decisions are made in both the public and private sectors. Our advocacy is focused on: federal funding for MS research; quality health care; long-term care; disability rights; and health insurance and prescription drug coverage. The MS Action Network works on these important issues at the federal, state and local levels.
For more than 55 years, the National MS Society has been one thing people with MS can count on: on a personal level and in the public arena. In 1946 — before advocacy was a household word — the National MS Society began advocating for people with multiple sclerosis. Our first victory came four years later: in 1950, Congress established the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Work at NINDS impacts millions of Americans and it receives over $1.3 billion in federal funds annually. Nearly $60 million of that money goes directly to MS research.
The Society continues to advocate for research moneys and the healthcare rights of people with MS. We strive to promote public policy in the best interest of the disability community. Whether it’s the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Ticket To Work Act, or ongoing budget increases at the National Institutes of Health, the Society’s integrated nationwide advocacy has been crucial.
We strongly support the following:
Full-time staff members work solely on advocacy from our public policy office in Washington, DCand from our chapter offices in Northern California. Each year, volunteers from our chapter also attend advocacy action days on Capitol Hill and in Sacramento, bringing our message to lawmakers.
Learn more about current Stewart Ferry via email or at 1-800-344-4867, (510) 268-0572.or for more information, contact
Locally, our Government Relations Committee sets the Chapter’s legislative priorities. A nonpartisan body, it monitors and advocates for legislation beneficial to the disability community.
The Committee’s advocacy efforts include face-to-face meetings with municipal and state lawmakers. It meets quarterly and is comprised of volunteers, including people with MS, their loved ones, legal professionals, and other experts. For more information, you can read the current Government Issues Action Report.
You can help! For more information, contact Stewart Ferry via email or at 1-800-344-4867, (510) 268-0572.
The MS Action Network is the center for advocacy at the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Together, we represent the interests of people with MS as important policy decisions are made in both the public and private sectors. Our advocacy is focused on: federal funding for MS research; quality health care; long-term care; disability rights; and health insurance and prescription drug coverage. The MS Action Network works on these important issues at the federal, state and local levels.
Join the National MS Society’s MS Action Network. It’s a simple way to influence the governmental process. People with MS and their friends and relatives comprise this grassroots lobbying network, including more than 350 of your neighbors in Northern California.
Members of the MS Action Network merely send a few form letters each year to their local, state, and federal legislators. Yet the commitment of members nationwide makes the National MS Society one of America’s most respected voices on healthcare issues. Remember that you are a constituent and a voter. Every voice counts!
Our MS Action Network and the Government Relations Committee work in concert with MS-CAN, the Multiple Sclerosis California Action Network. MS-CAN is an advocacy coalition formed by the six Society chapters serving the Golden State . It coordinates a unified, statewide response to political issues of concern to people with MS.
Chapters engage in letter-writing and telephone campaigns, as well as face-to-face meetings with state and local officials. Their grassroots efforts are essential to guarding the rights of people with disabilities.
Priority issues for 2005 include:
The Chapter proudly played a pivotal role in founding the California Neuro Alliance. This coalition represents Californians affected by neurological conditions, their advocates, and their physicians. The mission of the California Neuro Alliance is to promote access to quality health care through education, public awareness, and advocacy.
Organizations participating in the Cal-Neuro Alliance include the following respected agencies:
Legislative Resource Center
Click here to read the Issue Paper on Medi-Cal managed care. For more information on the Cal-Neuro Alliance, contact Stewart Ferry via email or at 1-800-344-4867, (415) 230-6677.
Read the MS-CAN’s Legislative Report or you can go directly to the website.
State Position Papers: