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  • Health Care Reform Update, June 2009

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 30-Jun-2009

    This week Congress leaves for the July 4th recess in the midst of the Heath Care Reform debate. At this time, both the Senate and the House of Representatives is engaging in talks over draft proposals with the hopes of bringing one collective measure to a final vote this fall. BIAA will continue to monitor the situation closely and advocate for the provisions essential to the brain injury ...
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  • House Tri-Committee Proposal (Committee on Energy and Commerce, Committee on Education and Labor, Ways and Means Committee)

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 30-Jun-2009

    This week, the House began debating their draft Health Care Reform bill that was developed by the chairmen of the three committees of jurisdiction. Both the Energy and Commerce and Education and Labor committees held public hearings on the measure Tuesday. The hearings covered the gamut of health policy issues under debate in Congress at the moment, including the merits of creating a ...
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  • Senate Finance Committee

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 30-Jun-2009

    The Senate Finance Committee, whose members have been negotiating a bipartisan proposal behind the scenes this week left Thursday for the July Fourth recess without a deal, although Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus said he has developed policy to pay for legislation that would cost less than $1 trillion over 10 years. According to Congressional Quarterly, Baucus said the bill’s cost would ...
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  • Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee (HELP)

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 30-Jun-2009

    This week, the Senate HELP committee continued to mark up a draft health care overhaul bill drafted by its chairman, Sen. Edward Kennedy. On Wednesday, the HELP committee adopted 20 amendments to the bill that were considered noncontroversial. The amendments were adopted by voice vote. Sen. Christopher Dodd, who is leading the markup while Kennedy is being treated for brain cancer at home in ...
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  • Coalition for Regenerative Stem Cell Medicine update

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 16-Jun-2009

    As part of the Coalition for Regenerative Stem Cell Medicine, BIAA enthusiastically endorses two important pieces of legislation aimed at advancing the therapeutic potential of newborn stem cells, the unique stem cells that can be collected immediately following birth from umbilical cord blood and the cord itself, as well as helping to advance the use of one’s own newborn stem cells in ...
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  • Health Care Reform Update, July 2009

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 16-Jun-2009

    On June 9, 2009, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee released a draft health care reform bill. In summary, the draft would expand Medicaid eligibility to those with incomes up to 150 percent of the federal poverty level, impose federal tax penalties on most individuals failing to purchase coverage, mandate a public plan option, require employers to provide coverage or ...
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  • NIDRR Grant Forecast

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 16-Jun-2009

    This week, The National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) announced it will include two TBI grant programs in its forecast for 2009. http://www.ed.gov/ The first grant application notice, rehabilitation research and training centers (RRTC) on traumatic brain injury interventions, will be available on June 30, 2009, while the second, RRTC on developing strategies to foster ...
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  • BIAA mobilizes Grassroots Advocates in Support of The conTACT Act

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 8-Jun-2009

    On Thursday, June 4, 2009, BIAA circulated an action alert with the intent to urge members of Congress to sign on to HR 1347, the Concussion Treatment and Care Tools Act of 2009(ConTACT Act). The bill would require the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to convene a conference to adopt official concussion guidelines. The bill would also provide grants to states for the purpose of ensuring that ...
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  • Health Care Reform Update, June 2008

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 8-Jun-2009

    Currently, the Senate Finance Committee has reached no consensus on major provisions of the anticipated health care overhaul, raising doubts that it will be considered this month. Committee members remain at an impasse in part because members still lack a clear picture of what potential policy choices would cost. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO), which estimates what legislation will cost the ...
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  • Urge House Members to Cosponsor HR 1347, The Concussion Treatment and Care Tools Act of 2009

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 8-Jun-2009

    As reported in an earlier edition of Policy Corner, members of the House of Representatives have introduced the Concussion Treatment and Care Tools Act of 2009 (HR 1347), a bill designed to ensure adoption, dissemination, and implementation by elementary and secondary schools of concussion management guidelines for the purpose of better treatment and awareness of the injuries of the estimated 3.8 ...
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