A health care program for veterans with Parkinson’s, called the Parkinson’s Disease Research, Education and Clinical Centers, or PADRECCs, was created in 2001. Its coordinated care model is the top standard of care in the treatment of Parkinson’s in veterans, ensuring that complex symptoms are recognized and treated with the best possible care. PADRECCs were rolled out in six locations and only given $6 million in funding. Now, more than 20 years later, there are at least 110,000 U.S. veterans with Parkinson’s, and the program still exists at only six locations. It’s funded only at $7.9 million, despite an entire defense budget of $788 billion.
However, Congress is on the verge of providing the PADRECCs with a 50 percent increase in funding. This means $12 million in the current appropriations process, the largest increase ever in funding for these centers. This funding would allow PADRECCs to expand and allow for better, more comprehensive health care than they currently can provide, and dramatically improve care for many veterans with Parkinson’s.
Your voice makes a difference, and Congress needs to hear from you now. Take action today and tell your legislators to provide the PADRECCs with a 50 percent increase.
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