MDA’s 2021 Advocacy Plan

2021 is a new year: The country has a new administration, and a new Congress has been sworn in. What isn’t new is MDA’s commitment to working tirelessly in Washington, DC, to transform the lives of people living with neuromuscular diseases (NMDs). Here’s a sneak peek at some of the issues we’ll be working on . . .

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MDA Advocacy’s 2020 Year in Review

There’s no doubt 2020 has been a challenging year, but the commitment and passion of our MDA advocates have truly been a bright spot. As we close out the year, let’s recap your amazing accomplishments. Access to care and therapies from day one Thanks to the actions of advocates, together we made sure the lifesaving . . .

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Do you know your employment rights?

As we wrap up National Disability Employment Awareness Month, it is vital those living with a disability know their employment rights, learn what to do if they feel their employer is not making accommodations required by law, and see how they can take action on legislation that would provide even more incentives for companies to . . .

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October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month: What Does That Mean?

Sarah Jean Schwegel, who has spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), works as the Public Policy and Advocacy specialist at Paraquad in St. Louis, Mo. In 2015, Sarah graduated from Maryville University with a bachelor’s degree in Rehabilitation Services. In 2018, she graduated from Saint Louis University with a master’s in Public Administration. Before she started working . . .

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Know Your Voting Rights on Election Day 2020

Elections are fundamental to a thriving democracy, and it’s vital everyone can exercise their right to vote, including those living with a disability. We know you may have questions about the process — and MDA’s Advocacy Institute has answers to help you make a plan to vote during this election. Voting is my right, but . . .

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Reporting Back on MDA’s First-Ever Virtual Hill Day

When the COVID-19 pandemic made meeting in person impossible, MDA’s Advocacy program needed to shift from in-person to virtual meetings with lawmakers. In early August, volunteers met with their lawmakers virtually — for the first time — to urge elected officials in Washington, DC, to end the process of surprise medical billing, which can be . . .

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Why Attending MDA’s Upcoming Virtual Pompe Disease PFDD Meeting is Vital

Ryan Colburn is a rare disease patient with a professional background in engineering and operations management, spending portions of his career working on racecars, airplanes, and rockets. Diagnosed with Pompe disease in 2015, he has spent the time since learning about rare disease topics including research, advocacy, and drug development to better understand how to . . .

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Clinical Trials During COVID-19: What We Need From the FDA

Over the course of the last several months, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has undertaken many actions aimed at slowing the spread of the novel coronavirus and ensuring our first responders have the medical equipment, devices, diagnostic tools, and therapies to treat those with COVID-19. Simultaneously, the FDA has issued guidance on how . . .

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