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The Madness and the Mystery of Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

MS and Employment
Symptoms can drive MS patients out of the workforce, wreaking havoc with health insurance and income. (MS on the Job: Workplace Protections under ADA) The process of applying for disability benefits is tedious and time-consuming, often resulting in repeated denials and a wait time that can exceed two years.

MS and Health Insurance
The disease-modifying medications currently available to treat MS are exorbitantly priced — as much as $7,000 per month — forcing patients to forgo the very treatment which could stave off further disability. There are no generics.

Without group health insurance, individual coverage with a diagnosis of MS — if offered at all — can be priced out of reach of many. Under the Affordable Care Act, people who have been denied coverage in the individual market and have been without coverage for six months are now eligible to apply for the new federal high-risk pools, although prices are still very high. (High-Risk Insurance Pools: Are You Eligible?) Under this health reform law, beginning in 2014, insurers will no longer be able to deny coverage to anyone with a pre-existing condition.

Take Charge of Your Life with MS
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Health Care Self-Advocacy: Be the Squeaky Wheel
5 Ways to Partner with your Doctor

National MS Education and Awareness Month was designated in 2003 by the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation and affiliated groups to raise public awareness of multiple sclerosis (MS). The National MS Society’s MS Awareness Week is March 14 – 20, 2011.

Please help spread the word.

Ann Pietrangelo is the author of “No More Secs! Living, Laughing & Loving Despite Multiple Sclerosis,” a memoir. She is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors and The Author’s Guild, and a regular contributor to Care2 Healthy & Green Living and Care2 Causes. Follow on Twitter @AnnPietrangelo

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2:02AM PDT on May 6, 2012

I was diagnosed 2/3/05. God bless us all.

2:53PM PST on Dec 29, 2011

My Son has it .Thank you for the info!

12:12PM PDT on Aug 21, 2011

...Thank-you Ms. Ann for helping me to learn more about MS--I have a dear friend that has been wheelchair bound for 10 plus years. I have learned so much from her -- her will to continue enjoying her life and the faith she has, is very humbling--again Thank-you and may you have a Blessed day = )

3:55PM PDT on Jun 27, 2011

Thank you for the article, I have MS and I read them all.

6:44AM PDT on May 31, 2011


4:45PM PDT on Apr 27, 2011

Adequate info on this, very helpful, thanks for this!

2:28AM PDT on Apr 19, 2011

thank u

7:48PM PDT on Apr 15, 2011

Thankyou for an informative article :)

10:07AM PDT on Mar 28, 2011

good informative post, thank you.

3:44AM PDT on Mar 28, 2011

I thank God it is not hereditary!

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