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Updates from Washington

News from our nation’s capital shifts rapidly, so it’s important to stay up to date. Here, you’ll find the latest information on policies impacting people with Parkinson’s and their loved ones. Also learn how The Michael J. Fox Foundation and Parkinson’s advocates across the country are working to effect positive change for our community.


  • Doctor's white coat and red stethoscope.

    URGENT: 2020 Medicare Open Enrollment Begins October 15

    During this period, Medicare beneficiaries may make changes to health care and prescription drug plans, which will take effect January 1, 2020.

  • Ted Thompson, Todd Sherer and Admiral Bill Mac Kenzie.

    Progress on the National Neurological Conditions Surveillance System

    MJFF met with the CDC to discuss the progress being made on the National Neurological Conditions Surveillance System.

  • From L to R: Dan Lewis, Christiana Evers (Parkinson’s Foundation), Gerry Haines, Ted Thompson (The Michael J. Fox Foundation), and Michael Sweet.

    2019 Parkinson’s Advocacy Awards Presented to Community Members

    These awards shine a spotlight on efforts to further policies that benefit people with Parkinson's, their families and care partners.

  • What Does the Government Shutdown Mean for the Parkinson’s Community?

    2019 Parkinson’s Policy Forum Drives Change on Access to Care Issues

    Last week, more than 150 Parkinson's disease advocates convened in Washington, D.C. for the 2019 Parkinson's Policy Forum.

  • Patients and Doctor

    Medicare Should Cover Licensed Mental Health Counseling

    MJFF is working with colleagues on Capitol Hill to pass an act that addresses the shortage of mental health providers throughout the U.S. by providing coverage for licensed mental health counselor…

  • Ask the MD: Doctors Are Focused on Policy Too

    Medicare Part D Needs an Out-of-Pocket Spending Cap

    MJFF's public policy team is working to educate members of Congress and their staff about the financial impact of this disease and urge them to support an out-of-pocket cap. 

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