A Closer Look

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 »

March 31 Deadline for Health Care Exchanges Nears

The deadline to obtain a health care plan through the Health Insurance Exchanges, or Marketplaces, is rapidly approaching. As part of the Affordable Care Act, each individual must have health care coverage by March 31 or risk a tax penalty. The Exchanges are state-based marketplaces through which individuals and small employers can purchase health insurance. People who live in states that do not have marketplaces may purchase a health care plan through the federal exchange at healthcare.gov. More »

Action Needed: Ask Your Senators to Support Access to Care

Over the past few months, we have contacted you many times regarding the Medicare therapy caps. We've told you that the exceptions process expires on March 31st and that Congress is working on a permanent repeal; and we've asked you to contact your Members of Congress urging them to support a permanent repeal. Today, we're happy to report that a bill has been introduced in the Senate that includes a permanent repeal of the Medicare therapy caps. More »

PAN Advocate Lends Voice for Congressional Briefing on Telemedicine

Texas State Director Israel Robledo spoke this week during a congressional briefing on telemedicine hosted by Health IT Now. PAN is a member of Health IT Now, a broad based coalition of patient groups, provider organizations, employers, and payers that supports incentives to deploy health information technology to improve care, provider performance, patient outcomes, and to lower costs. More »