A Closer Look

Why does the Tulip Represent People with Parkinson's Disease?

Did you know that the tulip became the international symbol of Parkinson’s disease in 1980 when a horticulturalist honored Dr. James Parkinson by naming a tulip after him? More »

Senate Declares April Parkinson's Awareness Month

The Parkinson's Action Network (PAN) would like to thank the U.S. Senate for declaring April Parkinson's Awareness Month. By doing so, our elected officials have helped us bring more awareness to a disease that affects between 500,000 and 1.5 million people and helps PAN and our grassroots leaders work toward advocating for better treatments and a cure for Parkinson's disease. More »

Therapy Caps Exceptions Process Extended

We are disappointed to tell you that yesterday Congress failed to take the opportunity to permanently repeal the Medicare therapy caps. However, therapy services will continue to be available because Congress did pass legislation that extends the Medicare therapy caps exceptions process for one year – until March 31, 2015. More »

PAN Submits Testimony in Support of NIH Funding

On March 25, 2014, PAN submitted written testimony to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies in support of increased National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding. More »

New Report on Parkinson's Drugs in Pipeline

A new report released by Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) outlines 37 new Parkinson’s disease drugs either in clinical trials or awaiting review by the Food and Drug Administration. More »

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. More »

Last Chance: Ask your Representative to Support the DoD Parkinson's Research Program!

With all of the fiscal challenges still facing federal funding, we need as strong of a bipartisan show of support for the DoD Parkinson's program as possible for Fiscal Year (FY) 2015. Your hard work helped to ensure that this program was fully funded this year at $16 million, but your voice is needed again. More »

Parkinson’s Disease Organizations Applaud Efforts to Bring More Drugs to Market

(WASHINGTON, March 24, 2014) –The organizations representing the Parkinson’s disease community applaud biopharmaceutical research companies for developing 37 new Parkinson’s disease drugs, but call for more research to find effective medications that would target the disease directly. More »

Meet PAN Advocate Bruce McEvoy

Periodically PAN highlights one of our tireless volunteer advocates. PAN thanks all our advocates for your commitment and contributions to the Parkinson’s community. This week we are highlighting Bruce McEvoy, Florida Assistant State Director. More »

The Latest on Medicare Therapy Caps

Last week, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-OR) introduced the Medicare SGR Repeal and Beneficiary Access Improvement Act of 2014 (S. 2110), which would permanently repeal Medicare therapy caps. This bill would also set up a new system for review of physical, occupational, and speech-language therapy claims. More »