Four provisions I authored to improve public health outcomes, advance critical research, and ensure vulnerable children have access to mental health services passed out of the Health Subcommittee last week.
The National Plan to End Parkinson’s Act aims to unite the federal government in a mission to cure and prevent Parkinson’s, alleviate financial and health burdens on American families, and reduce government spending over time. Parkinson’s disease is the second most common – and fastest-growing – neurological disease globally with nearly 90,000 new cases diagnosed every year. My brother, Dr. Emmanuel Bilirakis, battled Parkinson’s Disease for many years prior to his death just a few short weeks ago. I will continue this fight in memory of my dear brother and on behalf of all my constituents who are still struggling with this debilitating disease. My bill builds upon past success and strives to replicate other national project models that have helped advance health care goals. This critical legislation will provide hope to those who are suffering and hopefully lead to better patient outcomes with less expensive disease management.