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  • National Public Radio’s Diane Rehm Show to Feature New Brain Injury Book

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 23-May-2008

    On Tuesday, May 27, at 11 am EDT, nationally-recognized talk show host Diane Rehm will interview Susan Connors, Brain Injury Association of America president/CEO, and Michael Mason, author of Head Cases, the compelling compilation of individual stories of brain injury and its aftermath. Tune your radio to the National Public Radio Station in your area. When the show starts, call 1-800-433-8850 or ...
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  • Urge Your Representatives in Congress to Increase Federal Funding for TBI Programs!

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 23-May-2008

    As Congress adjourns for Memorial Day Recess next week, formal appropriations action on federal TBI programs is just around the corner. Beginning in June, both the House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees are expected to hold markups on the Fiscal 2009 Labor, Health and Human Services (HHS), and Education Appropriations bill, which provides federal funding for multiple TBI programs. Federal ...
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  • Debate over War Supplemental Bill Continues

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

    An amendment related to the war supplemental bill passed by the House earlier this week contained a provision, strongly supported by the Brain Injury Association of America, which would delay implementation of seven Bush administration Medicaid regulations. This provision includes the content of legislation (H.R. 5613) endorsed by BIAA, which would place a moratorium through March 2009 on several ...
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  • Fiscal 2009 Appropriations Update

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

    Floor consideration of a possible final version of the fiscal 2009 budget resolution (S. Con. Res. 70) could take place next week, as Congress works to accomplish legislative goals before leaving town for a week-long Memorial Day Recess beginning on Monday, May 26. Final passage of a budget resolution would include the establishment of official funding ("302b") allocations for the fiscal 2009 ...
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  • Medicare Competitive Bidding Program Under Congressional Scrutiny

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 14-May-2008

    Medicare Competitive Bidding Program Under Congressional Scrutiny On Tuesday, the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health held a hearing on the issue of competitive bidding of durable medical equipment (DME) under the Medicare Fee-For-Service program. As a member of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD), as well as the Independence Through Enhancement of Medicare and Medicaid ...
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  • Symposium on Deep Brain Stimulation Held in Washington, D.C.

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 14-May-2008

    Symposium on Deep Brain Stimulation Held in Washington, D.C. On Tuesday, BIAA Government Affairs Associate Robert Demichelis attended "Brain Pacemakers: A Promising Approach and a New Era of Hope for Neurological and Psychiatric Disorders," a symposium on deep brain stimulation sponsored by The Office on Disability, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Cleveland Clinic Center for ...
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  • BIAA Strongly Endorses The Caring for Wounded Warriors Act of 2008

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 5-May-2008

    In other exciting news, BIAA proudly endorsed The Caring for Wounded Warriors Act of 2008 (S. 2921), legislation introduced on Monday, April 28 by Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton which would increase support for family caregivers of servicemembers with TBI. Several recommendations made by BIAA during the legislative drafting process were incorporated into the bill. The bill would require two pilot ...
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  • VA Inspector General Releases Report Criticizing TBI Care for Veterans

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 5-May-2008

    Also this week, a report was released by the Department of Veterans Affairs Inspector General which found that the VA is not providing the necessary standard of support and long-term follow-up assistance needed by veterans with TBI and their families. The report, which was conducted at Senate Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Daniel Akaka's (D-HI) request, found specifically; "While case ...
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  • Brain Injury Association of America Applauds TBI Act Reauthorization

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 1-May-2008

    Washington, D.C., April 29, 2008 — The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) applauds Congress and President Bush for successfully reauthorizing the Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Act, the signature piece of federal legislation addressing the public health epidemic of brain injury in the United States. Yesterday, the President signed into law S. 793, The TBI Act of 2008, which ...
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