Multiple Sclerosis News

A search for multiple sclerosis news can lead to a plethora of different sources. The National Multiple Sclerosis Society offers the latest in MS news addressing research, legislation and advancements. Multiple Sclerosis is a disabling disease that affects more than 400,000 people in the U.S. With so many affected, MS news, awareness, research and fundraising is as important as it has ever been. Multiple sclerosis disrupts the flow of information within the brain and thus the flow of information to the rest of the body. Multiple Sclerosis can cause tremors, numbness, concentration issues, slurred speech, coordination issues, blurred vision (even blindness), paralysis, loss of balance and more. There is no known cure for MS; therefore it is considered a chronic health disease. Though there is no cure there have been positive advancements and accomplishments in research as well as legislation and support for individuals who have the disease.

The National MS Society is one of the most well known organizations associated with MS research, news, fundraising and overall advocacy. Quality healthcare is an ongoing concern for individuals with MS and affordable health insurance is one of many priorities for the Society. Among the many topics that the Society advocates is eliminating the 24 month waiting period for Medicare disability (currently, individuals who’s MS is so severe that they can not work and would ultimately be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits must wait for 24 months before Medicare will provide healthcare coverage) and access to lifesaving medicine (urging of Congress to provide pathways for the FDA to approve safe lower cost biological drugs). More details please visit:-

The National MS Society’s advocacy efforts resulted in several legislation successes in 2009 such as family caregiver outreach, family caregiver support and Health Insurance Risk Pool Premium Discounts (typical premiums for Health Insurance Risk Pool have been known to be double the amount on standard premiums). The Health Insurance Risk Pool is one of the few insurance options for individuals with MS, as it is considered a chronic illness. Therefore, discounted premiums would be considered a huge success.

The National MS Society is steadfast in its focus to provide programs and services to all individuals who are affected by MS as well as awareness to those who may need detailed information or resources regarding the disease. The Society raises awareness through events like the annual Bike MS and Walk MS events as well as Women on the Move Luncheons to name a few. In 2009, the Society held 100 Bike MS rides and 600 Walk MS events throughout the United States. The result: millions of individuals coming together to raise millions of dollars to support those living with the daily challenge of MS. The events have proven to be helpful financially as well as providing a festive atmosphere for attendees and participants.

There are more than 2.5 million people in the world and 400,000 people in the United States affected by MS. The National Multiple Sclerosis Society seeks to achieve a world free of MS through fundraising and awareness events. For more information regarding MS research, awareness or Society events visit the Texas low cost health insurance site and search MS resources.

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