Sunday, February 3, 2013

Parkinson's Action Network

Submit Comments on Draft Rule by Friday, February 8

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) issued a proposed rule to make it easier for veterans to receive health care and compensation for certain illnesses, including parkinsonism, dementia, and depression, which have been linked to traumatic brain injury (TBI).  

The proposed rule cites an Institute of Medicine report referencing three research studies supporting a connection between the development of parkinsonisms and TBI.  PAN applauds the VA's effort to keep up on the latest science in this dynamic area and will be submitting comments to support the proposal.

The Parkinson's community has a successful track record in weighing in on expanded access to VA benefits and many of you have already demonstrated your support for veterans by submitting comments on this proposal.  If you have not already done so, please do before the February 8 deadline.  Each comment will be recorded and counted!

Why this is Important:
More than 80,000 veterans living with Parkinson's disease receive care and assistance from the VA. Research supports a link between head injury and the development of parkinsonisms.


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