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  • Exxon Valdez Coming To A Close?

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 25-Feb-2008

    The Exxon Valdez litigation is coming to head….major news this week about the 2 decade long trial and new results on the people of Prince William Sound. When a federal jury in Alaska in 1994 ordered Exxon to pay $5 billion to thousands of people who had their lives disrupted by the massive Exxon Valdez oil spill, an appeal of the nation’s largest punitive damages award was inevitable. ...
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  • BIAA Signs on To Budget and Appropriations Letters

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 19-Feb-2008

    The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education (Labor-HHS-Ed) held a hearing on Thursday on this year's proposed budget for the Department of Health and Human Services, featuring HHS Secretary Michael Leavitt as a witness. At the same time, BIAA signed on this week to a coalition letter to the Subcommittee urging its Members to provide $30 million for TBI ...
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  • BIAA Submits Questions and Comments to Congressional Committees

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 19-Feb-2008

    Also this week, both chambers of Congress held important hearings on efforts to improve health care for returning service members, as well as to improve the veterans' disability benefits system. BIAA submitted questions and comments in relation to several of the hearings. The Senate Armed Services Committee held a hearing on "Care for Sick and Wounded Service Members" on Tuesday, February 13. BIAA ...
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  • BIAA Condemns President's Fiscal 2009 Budget

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 9-Feb-2008

    The President released his Fiscal 2009 Budget on Monday, February 4, and once again, this year's Budget proposes to eliminate funding for the TBI Act HRSA state grant program. BIAA issued a press release condemning the President's Budget on Monday afternoon. To view a copy of BIAA's Press Release, please visit our website at http://www.biausa.org/policyissues.htm. As in recent years, President ...
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  • BIAA Submits Comment Letter to the VA on Disability Ratings

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 9-Feb-2008

    Also this week, BIAA submitted a Comment Letter on a Proposed Rule by the Department of Veterans Affairs to overhaul the Schedule for Rating Disability when it comes to TBI. Although BIAA's letter acknowledges that the Proposed Rule constitutes an improvement from current regulations, it also communicates several concerns and suggestions for further improvement of the disability ratings system in ...
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  • Congress Passes Economic Stimulus Bill Without Medicaid Boost

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 9-Feb-2008

    By the end of this week, Congress was able to reach a compromise between the House and the Senate and pass a final economic stimulus measure. This measure (H.R. 5140), which is now headed to President Bush, who is expected to sign it into law, unfortunately does not contain increased Medicaid payments to states, which BIAA had strongly supported. A second economic stimulus package could possibly ...
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  • Negotiations Ensue Over Economic Stimulus Package

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 4-Feb-2008

    Negotiations continued this week over an economic stimulus package, as the House passed its version of the bill, which represents a compromise with the Bush Administration. This version does not include increases in Medicaid payments to states, which BIAA strongly supports. Last week, BIAA signed on to a coalition letter urging House and Senate leaders to temporarily raise Medicaid reimbursement ...
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