Max Moon, board member of the HDSA Northern California Chapter, keeps the board updated on the HD Parity Act. Here’s his latest report.
- HDPA currently has 101 cosponsors in the House, 3 in the senate, and we are looking to push that number up even further. We need more republicans to sign on to the bill in the House and Senate to push the bipartisan support for the bill. We have several Dems who want to sign on in the senate but are holding off until we get another republican member to join in. If you have friends, loved ones, relatives affected by HD who live in states with Republican Senators, especially Tennessee, you can write to their members of Congress on their behalf! You can go to www.hdsa.org/takeaction and use the zip code of your loved one to send a message on their behalf.
- We are still looking for a useful healthcare reform bill to come out of the House or Senate, we are deeply concerned about the discontinuation of the CSR payments by the current administration, and know that for families who have found healthcare on the exchanges it will inevitably drive up healthcare premiums significantly for families that cannot afford it. We are watching the Alexander/Murray bill to see what kind of reforms will be included in the bill and are hopeful that a bipartisan approach will find a path to reforming our healthcare system that will help HD families.
HDSA advocacy works to advance legislation and policy to improve the lives of HD families by raising awareness about HD in the U.S. Congress, by promoting legislation, policy and regulations that would help individuals in the HD community, by educating Federal agencies about HD, and by partnering and collaborating with national organizations that have common goals. Jennifer Simpson, HDSA Manager of Advocacy & Youth Programs. Jennifer is on the left with hands in the air. http://hdsa.org/about-hdsa/advocacy/
100% of the proceeds from Watching Their Dance: Three Sisters, a Genetic Disease and Marrying into a Family At Risk for Huntington’s, a memoir/nonfiction book, is being donated to Huntington’s disease organizations around the world.