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Take Action! Ensure Neurology is Included in Healthcare Reform
- Dec 16 2009
You can take action today to ensure that neurology is a part of healthcare reform. By visiting the website of the Parkinson’s Action Network (PAN), you can send an email to your Senators, asking them to support the Parkinson’s disease (PD) community.
(This link will bring you to the PAN website, a site outside of www.pdf.org)
The health care debate is moving quickly in the US Senate. Unfortunately, there is an important omission that could affect the Parkinson’s community. In section 5501 of the Senate Health Reform bill, neurology is currently not listed as a specialty eligible for primary care incentives even though family practice, internal medicine, pediatrics and geriatrics are included. The exclusion of neurologists means that neurologists will be the only physicians who regularly manage and coordinate care who will not be eligible for the bonus.
Last week, Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) introduced an amendment to the health care bill that would add neurologists to the list – enabling millions of Americans living with Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, Multiple Sclerosis and Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) to get the proper care they need. It is imperative that neurologists, many of whom are providing principal care for those living with Parkinson’s be included. The exclusion of neurologists could have long-lasting effects for all people living with neurological conditions, including people with Parkinson’s.
Senator Klobuchar’s amendment, which has strong bipartisan support from Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) will help correct this problem, but not without your help.
Support for this amendment from the Parkinson’s community can effect change for millions of Americans. Many people are having difficulties getting through to their Senator's office by phone. You can take action on this important issue by visiting the Parkinson’s Action Network website and sending an email to your Senators.
Based in Washington, DC, the Parkinson’s Action Network serves as the unified voice of the PD community on public policy issues. In 2010, PDF is supporting PAN with a grant of $200,000.
Source Date: Dec 10 2009
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