This week the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee has
been continuing to consider its version of the health care overhaul, while
the Finance Committee has yet to begin formal markups, but continues to
discuss policy behind closed doors.
In the House, The chairmen of the Energy and Commerce, Education and Labor,
and Ways and Means Committees are working on a final draft of a bill that
could be released at any time. The House committees plan to mark up the
legislation next week.
On July 2, 2009, BIAA circulated comments to the House Committees of Jurisdiction
applauding their “efforts to design health care reform that will
improve the accessibility, quality, effectiveness, and efficiency of patient
More specifically, the comments expressed BIAA’s support of the protections
and standards for qualified health plans included in the draft, such as
no imposition of pre-existing condition exclusions, guaranteed access
to essential benefits (including rehabilitation services), guaranteed
issue and renewal, adequacy of provider networks, limits on cost-sharing,
no annual or lifetime limits on coverage, and consumer protections.
BIAA will continue to follow the health care reform considerations carefully
and advocate on behalf of the brain injury community.