Each year, PAN works to secure funding for the Department of Defense (DoD) Parkinson’s research program. Through meetings, phone calls, and emails to Members of Congress, the Parkinson’s community has successfully secured over $370 million for Parkinson’s research at the DoD since 1997.

Current Efforts
Congress has passed a continuing resolution to keep the government funded at FY 2014 levels through December 11, which means that current funding for the program is remaining flat at $16 million.

In June, the House of Representatives passed their Fiscal Year  (FY) 2015 Defense Appropriations bill, which included $16 million for the program. On July 20, the Senate Appropriations Committee adopted their Defense bill, which included a 5% increase for medical research. The Senate bill does not traditionally fund most individual Defense medical research programs, including the Parkinson's DoD program; although, Parkinson's was listed among the disorders that typically receive funding in the Committee report. We will work with the Committees moving forward to ensure the program is fully funded when the bill is finalized.

The final FY 2014 budget agreement, signed into law in January 2014, provides $16 million for the DoD Parkinson’s research program. This matches PAN’s request and fully restores funding lost to sequestration in FY 2013.

PAN is requesting $16 million for the program for FY 2015.

DoD Program Receives Bipartisan Support
Under the leadership of the House Congressional Caucus on Parkinson’s disease co-chairs, Reps. Peter King (R-NY), Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), a letter requesting $16 million for the DoD program in FY 2015 has been submitted to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense. Over 50 bipartisan members of the House signed on in support.