February 19, 2002
Earlier this month, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society's board of directors unanimously approved chapter nominees for the 2001 Senator, Representative, and Governor of the Year.
Senator Edwards was an original sponsor of the Bipartisan Patient Protection Act—comprehensive, meaningful patient protection legislation passed by the Senate during the first session of the 107th Congress, which includes the Society's six patient protection priorities. He fully supports the initiative to double funding for the National Institutes of Health by FY'03. He also voted for the nearly 15% FY'02 NIH increase, as well as approximately parallel increases for the two NIH institutes that conduct or fund a majority of MS research.
As chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health, and Human Services and Education, Representative Regula has consistently supported increased funding for biomedical research at the National Institutes of Health—including an FY'02 NIH increase of nearly 15% and approximately parallel increases for the two NIH institutes that conduct or fund a majority of MS research. Over the last decade, Representative Regula has worked to meet the needs of people with MS, and was instrumental in ensuring accessibility for people with disabilities in Ohio—such as the Cuyahoga Valley National Recreational Area and a 1-mile path at Quail Hollow State Park.
Under Governor Huckabee's leadership, the State of Arkansas expanded access to home- and community-based services and is pioneering new models of consumer-directed care for the elderly and younger persons with physical disabilities and/or cognitive disabilities. Governor Huckabee supported funding for Arkansas' Medicaid home and community-based Waiver Alternatives, which provides consumer-directed services to adults with physical disabilities. He also supported and signed into law a bill providing funding for a Medicaid program for low-income disabled working persons, as authorized under federal legislation.
For the past 3 years, Senator Montigny has introduced a line item in the state budget for $500,000 to fund a unique program for people with MS. Senator Montigny helped keep this program alive by prompting a legislative override of the Acting Governor's veto of this program's line item in the FY'02 budget. He has a long record of commitment to legislation consistent with the Society's public priority areas, particularly in the areas of health care and health insurance. The Central New England Chapter has recognized Senator Montigny as “State Legislator of the Year” for 2 consecutive years.
Senator Edwards, Representative Regula,
Governor Huckabee, and State Senator Montigny join a very distinguished
group of winners from prior years.
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