Making Our Combined Voices Heard
The MG Community faces challenges that impact how we live our lives with myasthenia. In order to overcome those challenges, we must come together and make sure our voices are heard clearly at all levels of government, across the medical and insurance communities, and around the world.
Our MG Voice is the MGFA’s ongoing MG patient advocacy program that puts the future of our community in your hands. The call to action? We ask you to step up and engage in activity that could make a huge difference in people’s lives.
We do so much to help drive action and results that can help our community:
- Write to Congress to ensure rights for rare disease patients.
- Work to submit and obtain a government proclamation recognizing MG.
- Drive important alerts across the community and build awareness.
- Join efforts to influence insurance carriers to appropriately cover MG patients.
- Pitch journalists to drive awareness in the media.
- Meet with political figures to communicate the needs of those with MG.
To learn more and become part of this national advocacy team, please reach out to Genna Mvalo at the MGFA – email@example.com.
Latest Advocacy Alerts and Actions
ACTION ALERT – Do You Need Health Insurance?
NORD – Do You Need Health Insurance?
If you do now currently have health insurance coverage, the federal government has opened a SPECIAL ENROLLMENT PERIOD from now until August 15th for plans on the Affordable Care Act marketplace. Enroll in or change plans with more savings due to the COVID-19 emergency through August 15, or anytime if you have certain life changes or qualify for Medicaid or CHIP. Enroll Today at this link. https://www.healthcare.gov/
Additionally, the American Rescue Plan signed into law in March by President Biden has made increased subsidies available to help make quality health insurance more affordable. Check out your options on healthcare.gov by August 15th and spread the word on social media with this toolkit.
ACTION ALERT – Improve Seniors’ Access to Care:
Improve Senior’s Timely Access to Care Act
Please join with the American Academy of Neurology to: Take action now to TELL YOUR members of Congress to #FixPriorAuth by cosponsoring the Improving Seniors’ Timely Access to Care Act.
The legislation would streamline the prior authorization (PA) process in Medicare Advantage (MA) and increase transparency by:
- Establishing an electronic prior authorization (ePA) program and require MA plans to adopt ePA capabilities.
- Requiring the secretary of Health and Human Services to establish a list of items and services eligible for real-time decisions under an MA ePA program.
- Standardizing and streamlining the PA process for routinely approved items and services.
- Ensuring PA requests are reviewed by qualified medical personnel.
- Increasing transparency around MA PA requirements and their use.
- Protecting beneficiaries from any disruptions in care due to PA requirements as they transition between MA plans.
The bill comes with the strong endorsement from the Regulatory Relief Coalition, of which the AAN is a member.
ACTION ALERT - Join Us for Rare Disease Week:
EveryLife Foundation Hosting Virtual Rare Disease Week
Looking for MG Community members to join
The EveryLife Foundation will be hosting virtual Rare Disease Week from July 14-22. It would be great to get MG participants from across the U.S. to participate. There is some pre-event training to take place starting on June 22, and we would love to see our community participate.
The following link will take you to the REGISTRATION PAGE: https://everylifefoundation.org/rare-advocates/rare-disease-week/
Note that the deadline is June 18, so move quickly to be part of this amazing opportunity to represent the MG Community in the Capitol.
ACTION ALERT - Please Take Action:
Ask your Senators to support NIH funding today!
Right now, Members of Congress are working on funding for federal agencies, including those most important to rare disease patients. Research done by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has led to some of the most exciting scientific discoveries of all time. Many treatments for rare diseases have been developed from the work done by NIH, and it is critically important to ensure that the NIH is well funded in order to drive innovation for current and future generations.
Senators Bob Casey (D-PA) and Richard Burr (R-NC) are circulating a "Dear Colleague" letter asking their fellow Senators to sign onto a letter supporting robust funding for the NIH. Join NORD and contact your Senator NOW and ask them to join the fight for strong NIH funding.
Take Action! You can use this handy NORD Take Action Link to write to your senator today.
ACTION ALERT - Please Take Action:
MGFA Advocates for the STAT Act: Volunteers Should Contact Members of Congress
The United States House of Representatives and Senate have introduced the Speeding Therapy Access Today (STAT) Act of 2021 (Bill H.R. 1730/S,760). This is exciting because MGFA advocated for the need of the STAT Act during the March 2021 Rare Across America advocacy meetings with political leaders.
The STAT Act is a bipartisan bill aimed at improving the development and access to therapies for rare disease patients like those with myasthenia. The MG Community would greatly benefit if this becomes a law.
The Every Life Foundation has a great article on it here: Congress Introduces the Speeding Therapy Access Today Act | EveryLife Foundation for Rare Diseases
As part of our MGFA Our MG Voice action alert, we ask that you contact your regional members of Congress in the House and the Senate and ask them to read and pass the STAT Act as soon as possible. Since this is a bipartisan effort, we hope our efforts can help move this to pass.
The Every Life foundation has a clickable link to help you take action and contact your political leaders: Take Action | EveryLife Foundation for Rare Diseases
MGFA Signs Letter to President Biden in Support of the RISE Act for Increased Research Investment.
Through Research!America , MGFA has signed a letter to President Joseph Biden in support of the RISE Act also known as the Research Investment to Spark the Economy Act ( Bill H.R. 869/ S. 289) asking the United States to invest in scientific research as part of the next spending vehicle he advances as part of his agenda. The full letter can be found here: https://www.researchamerica.org/sites/default/files/Sign%20on%20letter%20to%20Biden%20%28RISE%20Act%29.pdf
MGFA Partners with Rare Across America for Rare Disease Day and Political Leader Discussion
The week of March 1, 2021, 10 MG advocates volunteered their time to participate in RARE Across America hosted by the EveryLife Foundation for Rare Diseases. The volunteers had meetings with Senators and Representatives to discuss key advocacy issues. Meetings were held virtually, and advocates were paired with other advocates from their state or local district.
Check out what our volunteers said about their experience!
NORD Upcoming Webinar: Advocating for a Rare Disease Advisory Council in your State
Interested in advocating for a Rare Disease Advisory Council in your state? You would be helping to give patients, families and supporters an opportunity to advise state policymakers on ways to address the unique challenges in the rare disease community.
REGISTER AT THIS LINK HERE
MGFA Supports Dr. Janet Woodcock as the Acting Commissioner of the FDA.
MGFA has submitted a letter, lending support to Dr. Janet Woodcock as acting FDA commissioner. She had been the FDA’s head of Drug Evaluation and Review. Good luck and congratulations Dr. Woodcock.
READ THE LETTER