We are excited to announce the launch of a new MDA program to foster partnerships and fund innovative work for the neuromuscular disease (NMD) community: MDA Collaboration Grants. An expansion of MDA’s existing Advocacy Grants program, this new venture will enable us to solicit and seek out exciting new projects that will benefit the unique . . .
September is Newborn Screening Awareness Month, and today, Sept. 7, is World Duchenne Awareness Day, dedicated to spreading knowledge about Duchenne muscular dystrophy. As we honor both, we’re providing an update on our work to ensure every state in the US screens babies at birth for DMD, leading to improved outcomes and longer, stronger lives. . . .
Today marks the first day of open enrollment for the national Health Insurance Marketplace and many state health insurance marketplaces. If you purchase your health insurance from either the state or federal marketplace, it’s important that you take a look at the plans available for 2020 to ensure that they meet the needs of you . . .
There are still spots available for MDA’s Public Policy and Advocacy Conference, taking place in Washington, DC, from Oct. 15-17 at the Grand Hyatt Washington. If you have been thinking about attending, now is the time to sign up before all the spots are filled! Click here to register. The MDA Public Policy and Advocacy . . .
Thanks in large part to the work of MDA advocates across the country, the US House unanimously moved yesterday to pass the Newborn Screening Saves Lives Reauthorization Act (HR 2507). Once enacted, this law will reauthorize the national newborn screening program for five years and make additional investment in order to modernize and make improvements . . .
Last week, the US House Committee on Energy and Commerce’s Subcommittee on Health considered the Newborn Screening Saves Lives Reauthorization Act (HR 2507), a bill that would reauthorize the national newborn screening program for five years. We are happy to report that the subcommittee unanimously agreed to send the bill to the full committee for . . .
On May 2, Reps. Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40), Mike Simpson (ID-02), Katherine Clark (MA-05), and Jaime Herrera-Beutler (WA-03) introduced the Newborn Screening Saves Lives Reauthorization Act of 2019, a key piece of legislation that fights to eliminate preventable newborn deaths and stave off the onset of symptoms associated with severe disabilities, including neuromuscular conditions. Read MDA’s . . .
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a neuromuscular degenerative disease that causes rapid muscular atrophy. It progresses quickly, and patients need access to all available support as soon as possible. Currently, all ALS patients must wait five months before they can access Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. Because of the fast-moving nature of this disease, . . .
Last week, Sen. Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin introduced the Air Carrier Access Amendments Act (S. 669). MDA commends Sen. Baldwin for championing this legislation that sets forth important protections for travelers with disabilities. Even though the Air Carrier Access Act, which prohibits discrimination based on disability, was passed more than 30 years ago, individuals with . . .