Federal level

The Society’s Public Policy Office in Washington, D.C. shapes federal policies and programs to better meet the needs of people affected by MS. When issues could impact people living with MS, we advocate for positive changes. We aggressively pursue healthcare policies that increase MS research, increase access to and affordability of quality health care, and provide affordable options for long-term care and more resources for caregivers. To learn more about our federal advocacy work, please visit our national website.

MS Research Funding

National Institutes of Health

Click here for the NIH leave behind (a leave behind is a document that you “leave behind” with your legislator for them to read). Want to know if your legislator has signed on to support increased NIH funding? Click here to find out.

What is the impact of federal research funds for people living with multiple sclerosis? This fact sheet provides detailed information about research funding and multiple sclerosis in Pennsylvania.

What can you do on this issue?

  • Call your federal officials and ask them to support MS research. See the Understanding Advocacy section for tips on communicating with elected officials.
  • Agree to attend a legislative meeting. Email pae@nmss.org to learn more.

Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP)

Download the CDMRP leave behind.

What can you do on this issue?

  • Are you a veteran from the first Gulf War or Vietnam? Was your MS diagnosis deemed service connected? We need your story! Please complete the story bank form.
  • Call your federal officials and ask them to support MS research. See the Understanding Advocacy section for tips on communicating with elected officials.
  • Agree to attend a legislative meeting. Email pae@nmss.org to learn more.

- Lifespan Respite

Download the Lifespan Respite leave behind.

What can you do on this issue?

  • Do you provide care to someone living with MS? Are you willing to share your story? Please complete the story bank form today.
  • Call your federal officials and ask them to support respite care for caregivers. See the Understanding Advocacy section for tips on communicating with elected officials.
  • Agree to attend a legislative meeting. Email pae@nmss.org to learn more.