The ALS Association sent formal responses to Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, and Montana challenging their draft policies regarding coverage of Qalsody, approved by the FDA earlier this year for treatment of people living with ALS caused by the SOD1 gene mutation.
August is ALS Advocacy Action Month, an opportunity for you to join with other advocates in your own home state and push for changes in policies that affect the lives of people with ALS. Throughout this month, advocates will share their personal experience with ALS and urge members of Congress to increase funding of critical research to find new treatments and a cure.
In August, ALS advocates across the country will be meeting with members of Congress in their home district offices, pressing for public policies that will make ALS livable while accelerating the search for new treatments and ways to cure the disease. Learn more about Advocacy Action Month and how you can get involved to help the ALS community.
We spoke with Kara Nett Hinkley, national vice president of state policy at The ALS Association and member of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners' Consumer Advisory Board, to discuss some of the important work being done to break down barriers to accessing health care.
As an occupational therapist, Katie Adams had a keen sense of what was happening to her body when her ALS symptoms first started and was pretty sure she knew why. Little did she know her intuition would not only prove to be correct but would lead her to fighting for access to the care and equipment she needed just to live.
Health insurers can play a critical role in making ALS livable for everyone, everywhere, but all too often barriers are erected that prevent people from accessing the health care services they need. We discuss the different barriers families affected by ALS have to face and The ALS Association's fight alongside them.
The Hero Award is the highest honor given by The ALS Association. Each year, we recognize people living with, or who have lived with, ALS who have made a significant impact in the fight against the disease. This year’s honorees—Patrick Dolan, Steve Kowalski, Joel Shamaskin, David Tomassoni—have all made a lasting impact for the ALS community.
Jessy Ybarra’s journey with ALS began in 2015, at the age of 51. Like most he struggled with this diagnosis at first. Then he realized that while he couldn't control his ALS, he could take control of his LIFE with ALS, so he created what he calls his ‘aliveness list'—a future he could live INTO.
It is always gratifying when hard work pays off, and for the ALS community, there have been many policy wins to celebrate recently. These successes are the direct result of the efforts of more than 40,000 ALS advocates across the country, working tirelessly with The ALS Association to make an impact for people living with the disease.
The FDA announced it has granted accelerated approval to tofersen, a treatment for people living with mutations of the SOD1 gene. This is a significant victory for the ALS community and our efforts to make ALS livable for everyone, everywhere, until we can cure it.
ALS volunteers and leading advocates held more than 200 meetings with members of Congress and their staff during The ALS Association’s virtual fly-in event on April 19, focused largely on securing increased federal funding for ALS research. Advocates from across the nation made over 250 calls to their members of Congress to support our appropriations requests.
In recognition of National Volunteer Week, we are shining a spotlight on some of The ALS Association’s amazing, dedicated volunteers, and highlighting the incredible work they are doing to support our mission.
The ALS Association established a nationwide state policy and advocacy department committed to empowering people living with ALS and their families to fight for better public policies in their community.
In 2008, the Department of Veteran Affairs established ALS as a service connected disease. In doing so, the VA made it possible for veterans who were diagnosed with ALS to receive compensation based disability, grants for housing, vehicle modifications and much more. A veteran's spouse and dependents may also be eligible for benefits, but a quirk in the law governing survival benefits means that spouses of veterans are being denied access to survival benefits after they lose their loved ones.
While the travel industry is paying greater attention to the special needs of people with mobility challenges, much more needs to be done to ensure everyone has equal access to safe air travel. The Air Carrier Access Amendments Act is designed to do just that.
Medicare open enrollment begins this Saturday, the period when individuals may add, drop, or make changes to their health insurance coverage, with selections remaining in effect for the next full year. Understanding exactly what’s available will help you make the critical decisions you need.
The ALS Association spent over $2 million helping fund the development and clinical trial of AMX0035. When the results of that trial showed it was safe and effective in treating ALS, the ALS Association led an advocacy campaign to push the FDA to approve the drug. After two years of advocacy, the FDA finally approved AMX0035.