New York Times Features PAN and Medicare Court Settlement

The Parkinson’s Action Network (PAN) was mentioned in a New York Times article published on March 25 about important changes happening with Medicare.

The article specifically explains the class action suit that the Center for Medicare Advocacy and Vermont Legal Aid on behalf of PAN, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the Paralyzed Veterans of America, the Alzheimer’s Association, the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, and four Medicare patients, brought against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services last year. 

As part of the settlement, Medicare updated its policy manual in January to remove language that required improvement as necessary to receive coverage for skilled care, such as physical therapy. 

The article also includes steps to take if you or anyone you know is denied coverage despite this change. More information on steps to take if coverage is denied can also be found on the PAN website.

This settlement is just one example of the important role public policy and advocacy play in improving the quality of life for people with Parkinson’s disease. 

To read the full New York Times article, click here.


Date originally posted: March 26, 2014.