August Recess Toolkit

As is the case each summer, your Members of Congress will be heading back home for August recess. During this month long “break,” our elected leaders and their staff meet with constituents and community members in their home districts or states. Individual meetings, town halls, and other events are often scheduled weeks in advance so PAN is giving you the tools you need to start planning for this important time.

Use the next few weeks to start reaching out to your Members’ offices to schedule meetings, find out about town hall dates, and organize your talking points for when they are in town.  The focus of this month’s outreach will be an effort to educate your Members of Congress, their staff, and your communities about telehealth.

Why Telehealth?

Telehealth has the potential to be a powerfully valuable service for people with Parkinson’s in terms of improving quality of life and management of symptoms by increasing access to specialists. Telehealth, also known as telemedicine, health IT, or connected care, is the remote delivery of healthcare services and clinical information using telecommunications technology. PAN is focusing on two specific policy areas where we believe we can remove current barriers to the expansion of telehealth use for people with Parkinson’s: state physician licensure policies and Medicare reimbursement. August is a great opportunity to educate Members about telehealth and provide them information about our community. Learn more about telehealth and Parkinson’s.   

Resources

PAN has provided a series of tools to help you get started. Click on the links below for more information:

Send Us Your Feedback 

PAN would like hear about your engagement with Congress. Click here to complete a quick form so that we can learn from your activities this August.

If you have any questions about setting up your meetings or telehealth, contact Catherine Pugh, government relations manager, at [email protected] or 202-638-4101 x101.