|This year's group of MS Activists!|
Thanks to all of our activists for joining us!
MS Activist Jonathan Sari shares this recap of our annual Washington State Action Day:
|MS Activists ready to take action!|
On a brisk February morning, committed MS Activists from around Washington State met in Olympia to further the cause of Washingtonians living with MS.
Our legislative agenda for the session was to improve transparency in our state's health insurance system. As happened each of my prior years, we heard from expert speakerswho laid out the problems that our proposed legislation was intended to remedy, along with the outcomes we expected to result from those remedies. We also were honored to hear a vision for the future outlined by our Governor Inslee.
|Governor Jay Inslee speaks to the group.|
It was my third year attending our State Action Day. This year, my two compatriots (who had made the hour-long drive from our North Seattle district to the state capitol each of my prior two years) couldn't attend -- so I conducted the visits on my own.
|Jonathan Sari (right) at a legislative meeting last year|
Representative Farrell remembered me from our earlier meetings and given our limited time, I kept our request to the basics: I asked for her support for our bills and explained that we hoped to streamline reporting and improve accountability for health insurance. She asked some good questions and although I didn't remember all of the specific answers, I promised to get answers that day. I also shared my personal experience of my own medication denial by my insurance company. I thanked her for her time, letting her know that I was following her email newsletter, and let her get to her meeting.
|MS Activists meet with legislative staff.|
I am glad to be a part of the Society's efforts to make government work better for those of us living with MS.