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Myotonic Dystrophy Foundation Statement Regarding: American Health Care Act

In March, Republican Members of the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Ways and Means and the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce introduced legislation, entitled the American Health Care Act (AHCA), that would repeal and/or replace major parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The ACA (also known as Obamacare) expanded health care coverage for more than 20 million vulnerable Americans and prohibited health insurance plans from discriminating against individuals with pre-existing conditions like myotonic dystrophy (DM). MDF is committed to advocating to help ensure that all persons with DM have affordable, comprehensive health insurance.

MDF Finished Year 10 with Flying Colors

2016 was a banner year for the Myotonic Dystrophy Foundation. We completed our 10th year driving Care and a Cure for people and families living with DM, wrapped up year 2 of a 3-year, $5M drug development acceleration effort and oversaw the largest expansion of our Care programming and resources ever. 

21st Century Cures Act Becomes Law

Thanks to the hard work and commitment of advocates from the MDF community and many others, critical legislation has moved forward that will accelerate the approval of new drugs and medical devices to treat and cure rare diseases like myotonic dystrophy.

MDF Staff Meets with NIAMS and NINDS

In November, Myotonic Dystrophy Foundation (MDF) staff met with the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) and the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) senior leadership and program/policy staff to discuss research opportunities and federal support for myotonic dystrophy (DM). Discussions focused on two areas: the scientific workforce and biomarker and registration endpoint development.

MDF Honors Community Leadership Award Winners

Congratulations to our Community Leadership Award winners: Loraine Dressler, Carolyn Valek and Eric & Taylor Jensen! Click here to learn more about the amazing work they do for Care and a Cure.

DM PFDD Meeting - Bringing Your Voice to Therapy Development

MDF held the first myotonic dystrophy Patient-Focused Drug Development meeting with key senior leadership from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as part of the 2016 MDF Annual Conference. We designed the meeting to build on the work MDF has been conducting with the FDA to define and optimize the regulatory pathway for potential DM therapies. The meeting, the first Externally-Led PFDD meeting and the largest PFDD meeting held to date with over 200 attendees in the room and online, is helping change the way the FDA understands DM, the DM community and the approach to regulatory review for DM therapies. 

MDF Featured in The San Francisco Business Times

We are the focus of the latest “BioFlash" podcast by the San Francisco Business Times! Check out the interviews with our incredible champions, Erica and Jeremy Kelly (Chairman of the MDF Board), and our CEO, Molly White. We are thrilled by this opportunity to raise awareness of DM in the biotech community. Click here to read the article and listen to the podcast.

Fun Family Tradition Supports DM Community

The Jensen family hosts an incredible crawfish boil each summer to support Care and a Cure. This year’s boil was bigger than ever with San Diego Harley-Davidson as a partner. To date, this event has raised nearly $100,000! Read more here.

Participate in Rare Disease Day with MDF

Rare Disease Day on Feb 29th gives us an opportunity to shine a spotlight on DM. MDF has activities planned for the entire month of February. Find out how you can join us in speaking out about DM.

MDF Making an Impact: Report Back on MDF 3.0

Many MDF community members are aware of an important, multi-year MDF effort -- MDF 3.0: Accelerating Drug Development -- because we published an article on the launch of this initiative in early 2015. Read a full report on the first-year results of MDF 3.0: Accelerating Drug Development, and the initiatives we are pursuing to promote the development of new DM therapies.  

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