Policy, Advocacy, News - 9/27/2013

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How Will a Possible Government Shutdown Affect You?
If Congress does not reach a temporary compromise on federal spending for Fiscal Year 2014 by midnight on September 30 (the day the current Fiscal Year ends), the government will shut down for the first time since a three-week closure in 1995-1996. Learn more.

Health Care Exchanges Launch October 1
The Health Insurance Exchanges, or Marketplaces, have been the source of endless media coverage and debate since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was passed in 2010, and now on Tuesday, October 1, the Exchanges are going live with open enrollment in every state across the country. Learn more.

SAVE THE DATE! Join PAN for an ACA webinar on October 10
PAN staff will host an ACA webinar to provide a broad overview of the Health Care Exchanges, the impact of the ACA on Medicare and Medicaid, and to talk through the resources we currently have available. Learn more.

ACA Question of the Week
How are prescription drug benefits treated by private health insurance plans in the exchange? Learn more.


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Make the 2013 Morris K. Udall Awards Dinner a Great Success!
Just 11 days left to make a difference and celebrate the Parkinson's community. Support PAN's important work by making a donation, reserving a seat, or becoming a sponsor. Learn more.

Protect Federal Research Funding
With so many priorities on Congress' agenda and so little time to accomplish them all, it is critically important that your Members of Congress hear why it's vital to protect and strengthen federal research funding. Take action.

Support Restoring FDA User Fees
Ask your Representative and Senators to support legislation to restore a critical source of private funding to the FDA or thank those that have already shown leadership on this issue through co-sponsorship. Take action.


In The News

A To-Do List for Parkinson's Researchers
Scientific American | September 25, 2013
Parkinson’s disease is coming to prime time. Tomorrow night Michael J. Fox returns to television as the star of his own sitcom nearly 15 years after retiring from Spin City to focus on finding a cure for his disease. More…

Parkinson's Patients at Genetic Risk for Dementia Might Be Identified Sooner
U.S. News & World Report | September 20, 2013
Blood tests might be able to help identify Parkinson's disease patients with the greatest risk of developing dementia, a new study suggests. More…

How eight lives would be affected by the health law
Washington Post | September 26, 2013
When President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act in 2010, he declared that "health-care reform is no longer an unmet promise. It is the law of the land." More…

Can Telemedicine End the "Neurologist Gap" in Parkinson's Disease?
Neurology Today | September 5, 2013
Peter Schmidt, PhD, likes to say that he specializes in the intersection between math and medicine. More…

'Teardrop' MRI test for Parkinson's: Powerful scans reveal those with disease do not have distinctive mark in their brains
Daily Mail (UK) | September 18, 2013
Scientists are developing a ‘teardrop’ test that could help identify people in the early stages of Parkinson’s. More…

Linda Ronstadt, coping with Parkinson’s, reflecting on life in memoir, 'Simple Dreams’
Washington Post | September 23, 2013
A 67-year-old woman in a black hoodie stepped gingerly down from a golf cart at last weekend’s National Book Festival on the Mall. Battling Parkinson’s disease, she steadied herself with two walking sticks, and headed, one careful step at a time, toward the stage. More…

Michael J. Fox still pushing to find Parkinson's cure
USA Today | September 24, 2013
Actor Michael J. Fox once predicted that he would be cured of Parkinson disease's long before his 50th birthday. "I know I won't have this. I will not have it," he told Barbara Walters on national television. More…

New procedure at Barrow's eases some symptoms of Parkinson’s
Arizona Republic | September 20, 2013
At 29 years old, Tommy Zuleger began developing symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. More…