Policy, Advocacy, News - 11/8/2013

Latest from PAN

PAN Works to End Medicare Therapy Caps
PAN, in partnership with a coalition of provider and patient groups, has been working to ensure people with Parkinson's and others with chronic conditions on Medicare maintain access to these medically necessary therapy services. Learn more.

Affordable Care Act Question of the Week
My Medicare coverage does not include dental benefits. Can I purchase dental insurance through my state's Exchange? Learn more.

Comcast Newsmakers Features Robin Elliott of the Parkinson's Disease Foundation (PDF)
Tune into our YouTube page to watch a Comcast Newsmakers segment featuring Robin Elliott, president of PDF, who discusses the organization's Parkinson's Advocates in Research (PAIR) program. Watch the video.

PAN Mourns the Loss of Nadine Campbell, Former Arizona State Director
Nadine Campbell, a dedicated and energetic advocate for the Parkinson's community, passed away on November 5. Learn more.


Stay Engaged

Tell the Budget Committee to Tackle Parkinson's Priorities
Tell your Members of Congress to end sequestration and support policies that strengthen research and Parkinson's care. Take action!

Save the Date! Webinar: Medicare Coverage of Therapy Services
Join PAN staff on November 21 at 2 p.m. EST to learn more about Medicare therapy services and PAN's efforts to extend the exceptions process for medicare therapy caps and ultimately eliminate therapy caps altogether. Register today.

Postdoctoral Researchers: Submit Your Abstracts for 2014 PAN Leadership Forum Poster Session
PAN is offering up to 18 postdoctoral fellows the chance to present their posters in a reception session designed for PAN advocate leaders from around the country. Learn more.


In The News

Apologizing, Obama Yields to Criticism of Health Law
New York Times | November 7, 2013
President Obama bowed Thursday night to mounting criticism that he had misled the American people about the health care law, apologizing to people who were forced off their health insurance plans by the Affordable Care Act despite "assurances from me." More…

Telemedicine: An Innovation Whose Time Has Come
Huffington Post | November 6, 2013
In the decades since I started practicing medicine, the nation's health care landscape has changed dramatically due in great part to technology. More…

Could a Simple Ankle Sensor Help with Parkinson's Symptoms?
Scientific American | November 4, 2013
Method and device to manage freezing of gait in patients suffering from a movement disorder: Imagine walking down the hall, when suddenly your legs refuse to take another step. More…

Neuroscience: My life with Parkinson's
Nature | November 6, 2013
A neuroscientist reflects on his experience of studying the circuits that control neural activity while his own brain began slowly failing him. More…

Tuning the Brain
The Scientist | October 28, 2013
Deep-brain stimulation is allowing neurosurgeons to adjust the neural activity in specific brain regions to treat thousands of patients with myriad neurological disorders. More…

Lasers may cure Alzheimer's and Parkinson's
Business Standard | November 4, 2013
Photo therapy may effectively treat neurodegenerative conditions like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease, a new study suggests. More…

Opinion: Who We Work For
The Scientist | November 5, 2013
In chartering the National Academy of Sciences 150 years ago, President Abraham Lincoln had the wisdom to establish a body that would provide scientific advice to the nation. More…

Yeast Reveals New Drug Target for Parkinson's
NIH Director's Blog | November 5, 2013
Many progressive neurodegenerative disorders like Alzheimer's, Huntington's, and Parkinson's disease, are characterized by abnormal clumps of proteins that clog up the cell and disrupt normal cellular functions. More…