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  • VA Issues Regulations To Improve Disability Rating System For TBI

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 29-Sep-2008

    Also of note this week was the Department of Veterans Affairs' publication of a Final Rule to revise the VA Schedule for Rating Disabilities to provide detailed and updated criteria for evaluating residuals of traumatic brain injury (TBI). According to USA Today, issuance of this Final Rule marks the first time the VA has formally acknowledged "that veterans suffering from this less severe version ...
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  • Congressional Brain Injury Task Force Holds Briefing on Head Cases

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 22-Sep-2008

    On Tuesday, September 16, the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force held a well-attended briefing featuring a presentation by BIA of Oklahoma Vice President Michael Paul Mason, a brain injury case manager and author of Head Cases: Stories of Brain Injury and Its Aftermath. Rep. Pascrell and Rep. Platts both made introductory remarks at the briefing, which was attended by a number of Capitol Hill ...
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  • Congressional Brain Injury Task Force Urges TRICARE to Cover Cognitive Rehabilitation

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 22-Sep-2008

    This week, the Co-Chairs of the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force, Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) and Rep. Todd Platts (R-PA) sent a letter, signed by over 60 House members from both parties, to Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates urging TRICARE coverage of cognitive rehabilitation. The letter follows a similar effort in the Senate - promoted strongly by BIAA – in which a group of 10 Senators ...
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  • House Passes The ADA Amendments Act of 2008; Clears Bill for President To Sign

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 22-Sep-2008

    On Thursday, September 18, the House of Representatives passed, and cleared for the President's expected signature, The ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (S. 3406). This legislation to clarify and update the Americans with Disabilities Act has been widely supported by disability advocacy organizations, including BIAA. Thursday's House action followed last week's passage of the bill by the Senate. The ...
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  • TBI Stakeholders Circulate Organizational Sign-On Letters

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 22-Sep-2008

    BIAA joined several other TBI stakeholders this week in circulating organizational sign-on letters to gather support from other advocacy groups in urging key appropriators to provide increased funding for federal TBI programs. In addition to BIAA, the TBI stakeholders leading this effort include the International Brain Research Foundation, the National Association of State Head Injury ...
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  • Fiscal Year 2009 Appropriations Update

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

    This week, BIAA sent out a Legislative Action Alert, urging grassroots advocates to tell their elected officials in Congress to increase appropriations for federal TBI programs in the expected upcoming extended Continuing Resolution (CR). As in past years, Congress is not expected to finish appropriations before the end of the fiscal year on September 30. Instead, Congress will most likely need to ...
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  • House VA Health Subcommittee Considers Heroes at Home Act of 2007

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

    The Brain Injury Association of America submitted formal testimony at a hearing held this week by the House Veterans Affairs Health Subcommittee. The hearing was held on Tuesday, September 9, and focused on several pieces of legislation, including H.R. 3051, The Heroes At Home Act of 2007, which BIAA has strongly endorsed. This important legislation, introduced by Rep. John Salazar (D-CO), would ...
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  • Drug makers seek shield from lawsuits

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 10-Sep-2008

    In a case that could have broad implications for consumers, the Supreme Court this fall will consider barring liability claims involving medications approved by the FDA. By David G. Savage, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer September 7, 2008 WASHINGTON — Bridget Robb was awakened last December by a powerful electric shock to her chest. “It was a jolt of electricity. It felt like being ...
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  • Urge Congress to Provide Increased Funding for TBI Programs in Continuing Resolution

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

    As in past years, Congress is not expected to finish appropriations before the end of the fiscal year on September 30. Instead, Congress will most likely need to pass an extended Continuing Resolution (CR) for Fiscal Year 2009 Appropriations to keep the government running into the next fiscal year beginning on October 1. Please click on the “Take Action” button in the upper-right hand ...
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  • BIAA Again Urges Senators to Swiftly Pass the ADA Amendments Act

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

    Once again, BIAA signed a coalition letter urging passage of the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (H.R. 3195/S.3406). On August 8, 2008, BIAA joined a number of other groups in signing a letter which was distributed to Senators over the summer recess urging swift Senate enactment of the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (S. 3406). The Senate version of the bill (S. 3406) was recently introduced in that chamber ...
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  • For the Brain, Remembering Is Like Reliving

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

    Scientists have for the first time recorded individual brain cells in the act of summoning a spontaneous memory, revealing not only where a remembered experience is registered but also, in part, how the brain is able to recreate it. Read more at the NY Times
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  • House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee Approves TBI Funding

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

    On a related note, the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee passed its version of the Fiscal 2009 Defense Appropriations bill on July 30, 2008, including hundreds of millions of dollars allocated for TBI. The funding bill approved by the Subcommittee includes $617 million for Traumatic Brain Injury and Psychological Health. Senate Republicans Block The Advancing America's Priorities Act ...
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  • Misconceptions about Who Pays for Long Term Care

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 2-Sep-2008

    A large majority of the American public still believes that the government will provide long term care when needed. It is this misconception that most likely prevents people from doing any planning at a younger age for the future need for care. According to the National Care Planning Council, (www.longtermcarelink.net) many people believe they can give away assets prior to the need for long term ...
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  • War Veterans' Concussions Are Often Overlooked

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 2-Sep-2008

    Former Staff Sgt. Kevin Owsley is not quite sure what rattled his brain in 2004: the roadside bomb that exploded about a yard from his Humvee or the rocket-propelled grenade that flung him across a road as he walked to a Porta Potti on base six weeks later. Read more at: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/26/us/26tbi.html
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