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TODAY IS MS ACTION DAY--AND YOU CAN PARTICIPATE!

MS advocacy volunteers and staff will be in Springfield for MS Action Day 2012 today meeting with state legislators to discuss legislation and other issues that will benefit the more than 20,000 Illinoisans with MS and their families. In order to make sure our MS advocacy efforts are as effective as possible, we want everyone to take part in this exciting day!

HERE'S WHAT YOU CAN DO:

Regardless of individual circumstances, you can make a difference in creating a world free of MS, even from the comfort of your home. Your efforts are vital to the development and success of MS Activism in Illinois. Please reserve some time today to contact your state legislators and get the word out! You can use the links below to send email and/or fax to your legislators asking them to co-sponsor important legislation on behalf of all Illinoisans living with MS, as well as to share our MS Action Day updates with your Facebook friends and Twitter followers. 

Everyone: Contact Your Legislators and Ask Them to Co-Sponsor Important Bills!

  • Take Action Now for Gas Station Refueling Accessibility (HB3878/SB1238): Please click the Action Alert link below to send an email and/or fax to your state legislators asking them to co-sponsor this important bill. Click Here for the HB3878/SB1238 Action Alert>>
  • Take Action Now for Safe Patient Handling in Nursing Homes (HB5655/SB680): Please click the Action Alert link below to send an email and/or fax to your state legislators asking them to co-sponsor these important bills. Click Here for the HB5655/SB680 Action Alert>>

Facebook Users: Visit Our Facebook Page to Like and Share Our MS Action Day Update!

  • We have posted an MS Action Day update on our Chapter Facebook page with a link to the online version of this email. Please visit our Facebook page and 'Like' and 'Share' the update. Click Here for Our Facebook Page>>

Twitter Users: Visit Us on Twitter to Retweet Our MS Action Day Update!

  • We have also posted an MS Action Day update in our Chapter Twitter feed with a link to the online version of this email. Please visit us on Twitter and 'Retweet' the update. Click Here For Our Twitter Feed>>

ABOUT THESE BILLS:

Gas Station Refueling Accessibility (HB3878/SB1238): We are advocating for passage of an amendment to the Illinois Motor Fuel Sales Act which gives people with disabilities greater access at gasoline service stations in the community. The existing law provides refueling assistance at gas stations and service stations upon the request of an individual with a disability by honking or signaling an employee. However, service to people needing assistance still becomes a challenge especially when they are not being heard or seen by the service station employee and the existing service station button is unreachable. The amendment we are seeking will require service station to add a calling device or post a phone number on the gas pumps to make it easier for people with disabilities to let service station staff know they need refueling assistance.

Safe Patient Handling in Nursing Homes (HB5655/SB680): We are advocating for passage of an amendment to the Illinois Nursing Home Care Act that will reduce risk of injury to patients with mobility disabilities and health care workers associated with lifting, transferring, repositioning or movement. The amendment we are seeking will give residents with disabilities in nursing homes more input on the way they are lifted and/or transferred by direct health care workers, maintaining dignity, self-determination and choice. Nursing homes will also be able to adopt policies to control risk of injuries to both residents and health care workers through evaluation, training and implementation of a "safe lifting team."

To learn more, download and read our MS Action Day 2012 Talking Points (PDF), or listen to a recorded discussion of the issues available on our Take Action page. 

As always, thank you for your continued support. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please contact us at advocacyillinois@nmss.org or 312.423.1108.

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National MS Society, Greater Illinois Chapter
525 West Monroe Street, Suite 900, Chicago IL 60661 | 1.800.344.4867 | MSillinois.org | AdvocacyIllinois@nmss.com

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