SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY: Frequently Asked Questions

What is Social Security Disability (SSDI)? Social Security pays benefits to people who cannot work because they have a medical condition that is expected to last at least one year or result in death. While some programs give money to people with partial disability or short-term disability, Social Security does not.  Certain family members of … Continue reading SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY: Frequently Asked Questions

Public Meeting on Functional GI Disorders Patient-Focused Drug Development

On May 22, 2015, the FDA obtained patient input on the impact of functional GI disorders on daily life and patients’ views on currently available therapies to treat the functional GI disorders, such as irritable bowel syndrome, gastroparesis, chronic persistent symptomatic gastroesophageal reflux despite standard therapeutic interventions, and chronic idiopathic constipation.  G-PACT was there! For … Continue reading Public Meeting on Functional GI Disorders Patient-Focused Drug Development

Do You Know G-PACT?

G-PACT reaches thousands of people daily through our Facebook page and groups.  But most people have no idea that what G-PACT does is so much more than supporting patients on social media. G-PACT is a legal 501(c)(3), founded on August 23, 2001.  We are staffed completely by volunteers.  Over the past 14 years, we have … Continue reading Do You Know G-PACT?

UNDER 65 MEDICARE SUPPLEMENTS

Are you on Medicare due to disability, and under the age of 65?   Several states require Medigap insurance companies to offer a limited Medigap (Medicare supplement) open enrollment period for people with Medicare Part B who are under age 65.  Medigap policies help pay for expenses not covered by Medicare, such a co-pays and deductibles.  … Continue reading UNDER 65 MEDICARE SUPPLEMENTS

BIG RESEARCH NEWS!

G-PACT is pleased to announce that we have been chosen as one of only 15 organizations nationwide to participate in the initiative to create a ‘white label’ of the Platform for Engaging Everyone responsibly (PEER).   PEER enables individuals to share health information with researchers and each other on their own terms to advance an understanding … Continue reading BIG RESEARCH NEWS!

IMPORTANT LEGISLATIVE NEWS

In an effort to bolster Federal research into functional gastrointestinal and motility disorders (FGIMDs) and improve the development of innovative treatment options for these conditions, IFFGD and grassroots advocates have reintroduced the Functional Gastrointestinal and Motility Disorders Research Enhancement Act, H.R. 2311.  As with the bills introduced in 2011 and 2013, G-PACT is again working … Continue reading IMPORTANT LEGISLATIVE NEWS

The 21st Century Cures Act (HR 6)

The following article is from the Committee on Energy and Commerce: Chairman, Fred Upton. http://energycommerce.house.gov/sites/republicans/energycommerce/house/gov/files/114/Cures2015FACTSHEET.pdf The 21st Century Cures Act (HR 6) Help and Hope for patients Through Biomedical Innovation (Passed the House by a vote of 144-77 on July 10, 2015; sent to the Senate) The pace of scientific advancement over the past two … Continue reading The 21st Century Cures Act (HR 6)