National Plan to End Parkinson’s

Last updated on July 14, 2024.

On July 2, President Biden signed the National Plan to End Parkinson’s Act into law. The Act was passed by the Senate on on May 23, 2024.

Ted Thompson, Senior Vice President, Public Policy of the MJFF was one of our four panelists at our February SFPDAG ZOOM session and he described the passage of this bill as being one of the MJFF 2024 priorities. Here is his synopsis:

The National Plan to End Parkinson’s Act is legislation that will — for the first time in history — unite experts with a broad array of insights to diagnose, treat, prevent, and cure Parkinson’s disease. Now that the bill has been passed by both chambers of Congress, it heads to the president’s desk where it will be signed into law!

This incredible win is due, in part, to years of dedicated advocacy by the MJFF community. Thousands of supporters signed our petition, sent letters to Capitol Hill, met with Congressional leaders, placed op-eds and more. 

The National Plan to End Parkinson’s Act (H.R.2365/S.1064) is bipartisan, no cost legislation that will create an advisory council comprising members of federal agencies, people living with Parkinson’s, care partners, researchers, clinicians, and other experts.  With the recent Validation of a Parkinson’s biomarker , there is no better time for the federal government to join us in supporting research for a cure.

Together, we raised our voices — and Congress listened. 

Please take a minute to call your representatives and senators to thank them for supporting this bipartisan bill. 

Michael J. Fox Foundation

You can view the announcement on YouTube. The Parkinson’s Foundation announcement is here.

This is a huge step forward! Thanks to everyone who reached out to our NM delegation. Both Sen. Heinrich and Rep. Leger Fernandez co-sponsored.