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SR-86 (2017-2018)

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Enrolled  March 20, 2018
Passed  IN  Senate  March 19, 2018

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Resolution No. 86


Introduced by Senator Hill

February 22, 2018


Relative to Progressive Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Awareness Day


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SR 86, Hill.

WHEREAS, There are nearly one million people in the United States living with Multiple Sclerosis (MS), a chronic, disabling disease of the central nervous system for which there is no cure; and
WHEREAS, Up to 80 percent of people with MS may develop a progressive form of the disease, characterized as progressive worsening of neurologic function over time; and
WHEREAS, MS is at least two to three times more common in women than in men, and is typically diagnosed when individuals are in the prime of their lives, between the ages of 20 and 50; and
WHEREAS, MS can cause many symptoms, including blurred vision, loss of balance, poor coordination, slurred speech, tremors, numbness, extreme fatigue, problems with memory and concentration, paralysis, blindness, and more; and
WHEREAS, Due to these symptoms and progression of the disease, people with MS, their families, caregivers, employers, and the entire health care system carry substantial clinical and economic burdens over a period of many years; and
WHEREAS, Lost productivity related to loss of employment or the need to retire early due to disease progression may be the largest single factor that contributes to the nonmedical financial, familial, and societal costs of MS; and
WHEREAS, Early and appropriate treatment, including the use of disease-modifying therapies, can markedly reduce disease activity and accumulation of disability, potentially allowing patients to have a more active and independent lifestyle; now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the Senate of the State of California, That people living with MS, together with their families, should be empowered to seek out information to make decisions about the treatment and care they receive; and be it further
Resolved, That March 28, 2018, and annually each March 28 thereafter, be known as Progressive Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Day in California to increase awareness of this disabling disease and support patients living with progressive forms of MS; and be it further
Resolved, That the Secretary of the Senate transmit copies of this resolution to the author for appropriate distribution.