Friday, July 12, 2013

Help us make sure the health care law works for people with MS

People with MS often have a difficult time finding a good health insurance plan that is affordable and comprehensive. Too often, plans either cost way too much or don't cover your MS drugs. Luckily, help is on the way. 

The Affordable Care Act created a new way for people to compare and purchase health insurance that fits your budget and meets your needs. The Marketplace (also known as an exchange) will allow you to fill out one application and you'll be able to compare plans based on price, benefits, and quality. 

To make sure the Marketplace (called HealthPlanFinder in Washington) works for people with MS, we need some people who are willing to be "user testers" of the new website. You'll have a chance to make sure that the particular needs of people with MS are considered. If this interests you, please let me know at or (206) 284-4254, ext 40237. We are looking for testers available August 5-9 and 12-16. You'll need to travel to Olympia for a three hour session. 

Healthplanfinder will open October 1, with coverage starting January 1, 2014. Individuals outside of Washington can find their exchange at

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