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  • Senate Schedules Lame Duck Session; House May Return As Well

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 13-Oct-2008

    According to CQ Today, "Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has scheduled a lame duck session beginning Nov. 17, when senators will already be in Washington for the biennial meetings to elect party leaders. In November, the lame ducks will vote on a massive package of public land bills that couldn't get through the Senate individually because of a single persistent foe: Sen. Tom Coburn" (CQ Today, ...
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  • 1st Annual Statewide Walk For Thought

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 8-Oct-2008

    It started out as a challenge by CALBIA Board Chairman, Dr. Mark Ashley, but turned into reality on Saturday, March 29, 2008. The California Brain Injury Association (CALBIA) hosted the 1st Annual Statewide Walk For Thought in Bakersfield, Sacramento, and San Diego, while the Brainstorming 4 Us Support Group in Victorville hosted a walk of their own. With only 3 ½ months to plan the event, site ...
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  • A Night at the Opera

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 8-Oct-2008

    While attending one of the California Brain Injury Association's Caregiver Conferences in San Jose in August of 2007, Member Rachel Michelberg decided that she wanted to make a contribution to CALBIA by organizing a musical fundraising event. Rachel, a Mezzo-Soprano, contacted Dr. Mark Ashley to offered to organize A Night At The Opera on March 16, 2008, with all proceeds benefiting CALBIA. True ...
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  • Head Injuries Increase After Motorcycle Helmet

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 8-Oct-2008

    Pennsylvania motorcyclists suffered large increases in head injury deaths and hospitalizations in the two years following the repeal of its motorcycle helmet law, according to a University of Pittsburgh study. Even after accounting for increases in motorcycle registrations that occurred during this period, study authors noted a 32 percent increase in head injury deaths and a 42 percent increase in ...
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  • Legislative Report September 2008

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 8-Oct-2008

    It is an historic time at the State Capitol. The 2007-2008 Legislative Session is all but over, with one huge exception: The Legislature approving a State Budget! On August 31 the Legislature completed its final business on thousands of bills introduced and acted on during the 2007-2008 Session. Due to the horrific fiscal state the State of California is in, thousands of bills were defeated due to ...
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  • Second Annual Greek Dinner & Dance For Thought

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 8-Oct-2008

    The California Brain Injury Association held its 2nd Annual Greek Dinner & Dance For Thought at the Assumption Greek Orthodox Church Cultural Center Hall in Long Beach on Saturday, March 8th. The event was the first of many planned events to raise awareness of brain injury during the month of March, which is Brain Injury Awareness Month. Approximately One hundred and fifty attendees were ...
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  • The Bakersfield Condors Hockey Game

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 8-Oct-2008

    For the third consecutive year, the Bakersfield Condors Hockey Team provided a venue for the California Brain Injury Association to raise awareness of Brain Injury, and provide valuable information to the public. With over 6,000 people in attendance at the March 14th game, CALBIA was able to reach out to a number of people, many of which were children and seniors. As the non-profit organization of ...
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  • Appropriations Update

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

    Last week, the House passed an omnibus continuing appropriations bill to fund most government programs - including TBI and trauma-related programs – at Fiscal 2008 (last year's) levels until March 6, 2009. Over the weekend, the Senate also passed this omnibus legislative package and forwarded it to President Bush, who signed it into law just hours before the beginning of the new fiscal year ...
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  • BIAA Representatives Attend Trauma Spectrum Disorders Conference

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

    Multiple BIAA representatives attended this week a scientific conference titled, "Trauma Spectrum Disorders: The Role of Gender, Race & Other Socioeconomic Factors." This conference - jointly sponsored by the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and the National Institutes of Health – focused on identifying ...
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  • BIAA Signs on To Coalition Letter Opposing Proposed Medicaid Outpatient Regulation

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

    BIAA recently signed on to a coalition letter urging Congress to enact a moratorium on a regulation proposed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to restrict Medicaid reimbursement for outpatient services. This regulation is termed the "Medicaid Outpatient Clinic and Hospital Services Rule," and it would reduce federal Medicaid funding to states for freestanding health clinics ...
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  • Congress Authorizes VA Epilepsy Centers of Excellence

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

    Last week, the House passed an omnibus veterans health care package (S. 2612), including key provisions of The Epilepsy Centers of Excellence Act (H.R. 2818/S. 2004), which BIAA has strongly endorsed. Over the weekend, the Senate also passed this legislation and it is expected to be signed into law by the President imminently. The legislation, championed by the American Academy of Neurology and ...
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  • Congress Passes Financial Bailout Legislation, Mental Health Parity

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

    In late breaking news from the United States Capitol, Congress has just approved a $700 billion financial bailout package, which also includes landmark mental health parity legislation (H.R. 1424/S. 558) and dozens of expiring tax breaks for businesses and individuals. This marks a tremendous victory for mental health advocates and others who have supported efforts to enact a parity bill for ...
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