A Closer Look

Funding Process Stalls Before Recess

Despite optimism in both chambers at the beginning of the summer session, the federal budget process has stalled in the weeks leading up to Congress’s August recess. Learn more.

Senate Committee Report Highlights Parkinson's Recommendations

The recently released Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (L-HHS) Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 bill report includes language highlighting the 31 Parkinson’s research recommendations adopted by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) in January. Learn more.

Congressman Henry A. Waxman to Receive the Morris K. Udall Award for Public Service from the Parkinson's Action Network

(WASHINGTON, July 31, 2014)—The Parkinson’s Action Network (PAN) will honor Rep. Henry A. Waxman (D-CA) with the Morris K. Udall Award for Public Service for his lifetime of work supporting federally funded research and health policies that improve the lives of people with Parkinson’s disease. Learn more.

International Disability Treaty

The U.S. Senate is close to ratifying the Disability Treaty, but we need to add our community's voice. The Disability Treaty, more formally known as the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, is an international agreement to protect and honor the rights of people with disabilities. Last week, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee passed the Disability Treaty with bipartisan support. Learn more.

PAN Participates in New Initiative for People with Parkinson's

PAN is pleased to be a national participating partner for Partners in Parkinson’s, a strategic health initiative of The Michael J. Fox Foundation and AbbVie. Learn more.

Update on the 21st Century Cures Initiative

The House Energy & Commerce Committee continues its work on the 21st Century Cures Initiative. Launched in May by Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and Representative Diana DeGette (D-CO), the bipartisan initiative is focused on understanding what steps Congress can take to accelerate the pace of cures in America. Learn more.

DOJ and HHS Launch Initiative to Combat Elder Abuse

The Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) have developed the Elder Justice Roadmap, a framework to prevent and combat elder abuse. Learn more.

Thank You and Goodbye

Dear Parkinson's Community,
   
As many of you know, I made the decision in late spring that it was time for PAN to be led by someone new and for me to move on to new challenges. I have been at PAN for nearly 11 years and I will forever feel blessed to have worked with such an outstanding and committed community. My only regret is that I will not be serving as CEO when the breakthrough finally comes that turns Parkinson's around, but I know it is coming and I will be celebrating with all of you when it does. Learn more.

Advocate Perspective: How to Have a Successful Town Hall Experience

On June 30, Tennessee State Director Sue Laux shared a positive experience she had attending a town hall meeting with Rep. Phil Roe (R-TN) where she asked two questions on issues that matter to the Parkinson’s community. Learn more.

Legislation Introduced to Increase NIH Funding

On July 14, PAN sent a letter of appreciation to Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) for introducing the Accelerating Biomedical Research Act. The legislation would give the Appropriations Committee the authority to increase funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) above the spending caps that are currently mandated by law until 2021, providing up to an additional $46.2 billion for medical research funding over the next seven years. Learn more.