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VISION

MISSION

To improve the quality of life for those affected by MS through a collaborative network of independent MS organizations. The Multiple Sclerosis Coalition's mission is to increase opportunities for cooperation and provide greater opportunity to leverage the effective use of resources for the benefit of the MS community.

The MS COALITION'S PURPOSE

The Multiple Sclerosis Coalition (MSC) was founded in 2005 by three independent multiple sclerosis (MS) organizations in an effort to work together to benefit individuals with MS. Since that time, the MSC has grown to eight member organizations, all of whom provide critical MS programs and services.

The vision of the MSC is to improve the quality of life for those affected by MS through a collaborative national network of independent MS organizations. Our mission is to increase opportunities for cooperation and provide greater leverage in collaborative and effective use of resources for the benefit of the entire MS community.

The primary objectives of the MSC are to educate, advocate, collaborate, and improve the efficiency of services for individuals with MS and those who are close to them. With so much on the horizon in terms of MS research, treatments, advocacy, and symptom management, the MSC provides critical momentum to work together to enhance these exciting MS initiatives and to ensure this collective support continues.


DO YOU WANT TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE?

Protect Access to Complex Wheelchairs and Rehabilitation Technology

Complex rehab technology affects all people living with spinal cord injuries and disorders.

Although the term may not be familiar to everyone, "complex rehab technology" or properly configured wheelchairs and other mobility equipment–is critical to our quality of life and independence. It keeps us moving. It allows us to do what we love. And most importantly, it enables us to take advantage of every opportunity that comes our way.

Complex rehab technology includes medically necessary individually configured manual and power wheelchair systems, adaptive seating systems, alternative positioning systems, and other mobility devices that require evaluation, fitting, design, adjustment and programming. This type of technology is designed to meet the specific and unique medical and functional needs of an individual living with disability.

Unfortunately, not everyone has access to it. But you can help change that!

In April 2012, Rep. Joe Crowley (D-7th NY) introduced HR 4378, Ensuring Access to Quality Complex Rehabilitation Technology Act, a bill to establish a benefit to ensure that persons with spinal cord injuries and disorders and certain conditions such as multiple sclerosis will be able to get custom power wheelchairs, ultra lightweight wheelchairs and seating systems under the Medicare program. In March 2013, the bill was reintroduced as HR 942 by Joe Crowley (D-14th NY) and Jim Sensenbrenner (R-5th WI) and in May 2013, Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS) introduced companion Senate legislation, S 948.

Medicare currently does not have unique coverage for the more complex equipment that so many of our members rely upon. We know that when a properly configured wheelchair and seating system is not available, a wheelchair user’s ability to be active, healthy and mobile in the community is greatly diminished and may lead to hospitalizations. HR 942 and S. 948 can help fix this issue.

Urge your Members of Congress to sign on to HR 942 and S 948 to ensure access to the critical equipment that you or your loved one needs.
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