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 amended version of the bill's companion in the House, H.R. 2818, on Thursday.
The full House Veterans Affairs Committee is expected to approve the bill and report it to the floor of the House of Representatives before the end of the month.
In April, BIAA formally endorsed the legislation in a letter stating, "BIAA continues to advocate for the use of all available resources (including civilian sector resources when appropriate), as well as the development of new resources and system capacity within the VA, in order to ensure that all veterans with TBI receive the right care, right now."
A copy of BIAA's letter endorsing H.R. 2818 can be obtained by visiting BIAA's website at the following address: http://www.biausa.org/policyissues.htm.