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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.


  • Public Policy and Parkinson's Disease: Highlights of the Past Year and Plans for 2017

    “Blue Water Veterans” Act Passes Congress, Signed by President

    Veterans with Parkinson’s disease related to Agent Orange exposure, and who served in waters offshore of Vietnam, can now file a disability claim with the Department of Veterans Affairs to receive…

  • Aerial view of Capital Building

    Study Finds Parkinson’s $52 Billion Economic Burden Double Previous Estimates


  • Capital Building

    UPDATE: The Michael J. Fox Foundation Statement on HHS Review of Federal Funding for Fetal Tissue Research

    The Foundation strongly affirmed its belief in the inherent value of scientific freedom.

  • Capital Building

    U.S. Senate and Local Governments Recognize April as Parkinson's Awareness Month

    Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA) introduced the resolution and Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) was the co-sponsor.

  • Researchers in Washington advocating for increase Parkinson's funding

    Parkinson's Researchers Raise Their Voices on Capitol Hill

    Parkinson's researchers participated in advocacy training before heading to Capitol Hill to urge lawmakers to increase federal funding for PD research.

  • Capital Building

    New Legislation Aims to Ban Herbicide Linked to Parkinson's

    The agency began reviewing paraquat in 2017 and has until October 2022 to make a decision on its future use.

Michael J. Fox in blue sweater posing for the camera.

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