Tuesday, March 12, 2013

How does Washington's governor feel about our priority issues?

Governor Inslee has been working hard recently to bring his new staff onboard and establish his priorities for the legislative session. He recently hired health care guru Bob Crittendon as his health care policy advisor. Bob has a long history of involvement with the Affordable Care Act, having headed up the Herndon Alliance, an influential advisor in health care reform efforts that helped to shape the way people think about health care reform. He will be a great ally in our efforts to make the Affordable Care Act work for people living with MS.

Governor Inslee has long been a friend to the MS community, having been a member of the MS Caucus while he served in Congress, and often voting in favor of our priority issues. He's now come down again on the side of people living with MS in the debates about whether or not to support the coverage of more people through Medicaid.  Medicaid is a valuable program for many people with MS, especially during the two year waiting period until they can get on Medicare. If states choose to expand Medicaid, thousands more people with MS will have access to health care, including treatment to slow the progression of the disease.

During a telephone town hall hosted by AARP, Governor Inslee recently voiced his confidence that the Legislature would choose to expand Medicaid, signaling once again, that he stands with the MS community. Thank you Governor Inslee!

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