A Closer Look

Rep. Fred Upton Named Special Guest at Udall Awards Dinner

PAN is pleased to announce that Representative Fred Upton (R-MI) will be the special guest at the 2014 Morris K. Udall Awards Dinner on October 1. Learn more.

PAN at Moving Day® and Partners in Parkinson’s Events

PAN staff is excited to attend several Moving Day® and Partners in Parkinson’s events this fall. Learn more.

What's Next with the Federal Budget?

PAN staff will be hosting a webinar – Fall of Appropriations – on Monday, September 8 at 2 p.m. EDT to give you the scoop on what is happening with the federal budget process. Learn more.

Ted Thompson Selected as Parkinson’s Action Network CEO

(WASHINGTON, August 22, 2014) – Ronald H. Galowich, chair, and the Parkinson’s Action Network (PAN) Board of Directors announce that Ted Thompson has been selected as its next chief executive officer. He will start on September 8, 2014. Learn more.

Florida Advocates Participate in 21st Century Cures Roundtable

On August 19, South Florida State Directors Michael and Gretchen Church submitted testimony and participated in a 21st Century Cures Roundtable hosted by Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-FL). Learn more.

PAN Supports Lifespan Respite Care Program Reauthorization

On August 15, 2014, PAN joined 38 national organizations representing all ages and disabilities in supporting the Lifespan Respite Care Reauthorization Act (H.R. 4683) and the Military and Veteran Caregiver Services Improvement Act of 2014 (H.R. 4892). Both bills, led by Representative Jim Langevin (D-RI), reauthorize the Lifespan Respite Care Program for $15 million a year for five years. Learn more.

Second Annual Health Survey Released

The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) has released its second annual health survey, “From Hope to Cures.” Learn more.

Whitepaper: Virtual Doctor Visits Could Save Billions

Deloitte published a new whitepaper predicting that 100 million eVisits will happen globally in 2014 and that eVisits could save $5 billion in health care costs compared to regular doctor visits. Learn more.

PAN Advocate David Higgins Named to CIRM Board

California Assistant State Director David Higgins, Ph.D., has been named as a patient advocate member of the Independent Citizen’s Oversight Committee (ICOC), the governing board of the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine (CIRM). David will replace Joan Samuelson, PAN’s founder, as the Parkinson’s patient advocate on the board. Learn more.

ABLE Act Amended in House; PAN Withdraws Support

On July 29, 2014, the House Ways and Means Committee held a markup of the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act (H.R. 647) to help advance the legislation for a possible vote in September. Learn more.