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MOVING TOWARD A WORLD FREE OF MS Western Pennsylvania Chapter ACTION ALERT resolved by June 30th 2012 , people with MS may no longer have access to in-network healthcare providers and services offered through the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, its affiliates the West Penn Allegheny MS Treatment Center. PLEASE CALL YOUR STATE REPRESENTATIVE & STATE SENATOR TODAY TO VOICE YOUR CONCERN REGARDING This could result in the following: ACCESS TO QUALITY • Increased and potentially MS CARE!! unaffordable out-of-pocket costs to patients The National MS • Delays or disruptions in care; Society is aware of major • Changes to long-standing changes taking place in relationships between patients the health care and in and their providers surance market place in Western Pennsylvania. • Increased claim and administrative These include burdens for patients, caregivers and negotiations involving contractual providers arrangements between certain stakeholders in • Longer waiting times for appointments the provision of care to people with MS that and shorter encounter time remain un-resolved at this time. The fact that (appointments) between patients and these negotiations remain unresolved is their health care team creating a growing sense of alarm among people • Increased confusion about coverage and with MS, their families and caregivers. payment issues straining systems and resources of payers and providers alike • The National MS Society’s primary concern • Threats to the quality and outcomes of is for the welfare of people with MS. care overall • If negotiations between affected providers and payers of MS care are not successfully INSIDE THIS ISSUE: Continued on Page 8 Living with MS Page 4 Pediatric MS Page 6 Stress and MS Page 10 Scholarship Program Page 15

MS Connection Fall 2011

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