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 ofContinue 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! ForContinue reading “Public Meeting on Functional GI Disorders Patient-Focused Drug Development”


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”


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 workingContinue 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. 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 twoContinue reading “The 21st Century Cures Act (HR 6)”