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  • Senate Veterans Affairs Committee Approves Caring for Wounded Warrior Act Provisions

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 30-Jun-2008

    On Thursday, the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee approved provisions contained in S. 2921, The Caring for Wounded Warriors Act, S. 2921. BIAA has strongly supported and endorsed this legislation, and several recommendations made by BIAA during the legislative drafting process were incorporated into the bill. Provisions in the legislation, which was recently introduced by Sen. Clinton (D-NY), ...
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  • Brain injuries cause half of seniors’ fall deaths

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 26-Jun-2008

    ATLANTA — The elderly fear breaking a hip when they fall, but a government study indicates that hitting their head can also have deadly consequences: Brain injuries account for half of all deaths from falls. The study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is the first comprehensive national look at the role brain injuries play in fatal elderly falls. It examined 16,000 deaths in ...
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  • House Committees Approve ADA Amendments Act of 2008

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 20-Jun-2008

    Congress also made progress on a major disability rights bill, as both the House Education and Labor Committee and the House Judiciary Committee marked up and approved the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (H.R. 3195). This measure is designed to counter the last decade of Supreme and lower court decisions which have excluded large groups of people with disabilities from receiving employment protections ...
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  • House Makes Progress on Appropriations Measures

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 20-Jun-2008

    Progress on appropriations occurred this week in the House of Representatives, as the House Labor, Health and Human Services (HHS), and Education Appropriations Subcommittee marked up, and approved by voice vote, its Fiscal 2009 spending bill on Thursday. Specific details of the bill, including funding levels for several federal TBI-related programs, were not made public, but are expected to ...
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  • Fiscal 2009 Appropriations Process Moves Forward

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 16-Jun-2008

    Late this week, Fiscal 2009 302(b) Appropriations Subcommittee Allocations were announced, including an allocation of $153.1 billion for the Labor, Health and Human Services (HHS), and Education Appropriations Subcommittee, which funds multiple TBI-related programs, including programs authorized through the TBI Act. Last month, BIAA signed on to a coalition letter urging Appropriations Committee ...
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  • BIAA Joins Coalition Efforts On Key Disability Policy Issues

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 7-Jun-2008

    Also this week, BIAA joined coalition efforts focused on several important policy issues impacting the disability community, including efforts to protect Medicaid, strengthen the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and formally comment on recently proposed rules concerning the Developmental Disabilities Act. BIAA joined other advocacy organizations in signing on to one more letter urging Senate ...
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  • Bill to Create VA Epilepsy Centers Progresses in Both Chambers

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 7-Jun-2008

    In other developments, the Senate passed by voice vote on Tuesday a package of veterans' mental health bills. This package included legislation endorsed by BIAA which authorizes the establishment of six VA Epilepsy Centers of Excellence (Epilepsy CoEs) across the country to lead the way in epilepsy diagnosis, research, treatment and surgery. The House Veterans Affairs Health Subcommittee passed an ...
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  • Congress Passes Fiscal 2009 Budget Resolution

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 7-Jun-2008

    The House of Representatives passed the final fiscal 2009 budget resolution conference report (S. Con Res 70) on Thursday, by a narrow vote of 214-210. The Senate adopted the same resolution on June 4 by a vote of 48-45. This marks the first year since 2000 that Congress has been able to successfully agree upon a final budget resolution. Congressional budget resolutions do not become law but ...
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  • Landmark Settlement for Individuals with Brain Injuries

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 3-Jun-2008

    SPRINGFIELD, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Nearly 2000 individuals with brain injuries will be able to move out of nursing facilities and other institutions under a landmark settlement agreement signed today by state officials and attorneys for the plaintiffs. The settlement resolves a class action lawsuit, Hutchinson v. Patrick, which was filed in US District Court in Springfield last year on ...
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  • Settlement reached over care for brain-injured patients

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 3-Jun-2008

    By MARK JEWELL Associated Press Writer BOSTON- The state will help brain-injured patients move out of nursing homes and into communities under a proposed settlement to a lawsuit. The agreement filed in U.S. District Court in Springfield on Monday is subject to final approval from a judge. Representatives of four brain-injured patients and the Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts filed the ...
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