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  • Legislative Report October 2009

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 27-Oct-2009

    The Legislature finally went into Interim Recess for the 2009-2010 Legislative Session on September 11. To say this first half of the two-year legislative session was the most difficult, heart wrenching, and brutal Sessions of all time would be a huge understatement. The on-going State fiscal crisis remains the dominate issue that is driving all policy and fiscal decisions. Few bills reached the ...
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  • An Impending Marriage is the Result of the 1st Annual Walk For Thought

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 26-Oct-2009

    Dianna Bolen A life can change dramatically in a flash and sometimes for the best. On September 16, 2004, I, Dianna Bolen, was on my way to a bike fest in Las Vegas, NV on my 1993 Harley Davidson Sportster with 3 other bikers. For some unknown reason, and not even the highway patrol knows why, I went off the freeway, flew 100 feet, went over a barb wire fence, and landed in the desert ground with ...
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  • Health Care Reform Update October 16, 2009

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 20-Oct-2009

    Next week, the House is expected to obtain Congressional Budget Office (CBO) cost estimates on three proposals to create a public, government-run insurance option designed to compete with private insurers. From there, Democratic leaders plan to choose one of the options to include in their final health care reform bill and then submit the final product to CBO for scoring. According to recent ...
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  • Man awarded $49M for brain damage in crash with truck

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 20-Oct-2009

    Man awarded $49M for brain damage in crash with truck A passenger who sustained traumatic brain injuries in a multi-vehicle crash while on his way to a camping trip was awarded $49 million. In 2007, Drew Bianchi, then a 21-year-old college student, was in a sedan on Route 152, also known as the Pacheco Pass. Michael Demma and Samuel Bimbela were driving trucks toward each other when they collided ...
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  • FY10 National Defense Authorization Act

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 12-Oct-2009

    On Wednesday, October 7, 2009, the House and Senate Armed Services Committees announced that they had reached an agreement on a conference report to H.R. 2647, the Fiscal Year 2010 National Defense Authorization Act. In a major victory for the brain injury community, the report included an amendment that authorizes the Secretary of Defense to carry out a pilot program for providing cognitive ...
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  • Health Care Reform Update

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 12-Oct-2009

    This week the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) delivered their estimate of the Senate Finance Committee health care reform package. The bill scored under the $900 billion goal and would reduce the deficit by more than expected while covering millions more of the uninsured. (CQ) With this news providing momentum, the Senate Finance Committee is expected to vote on October 13, 2009 to clear the ...
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  • Appropriations Update

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 6-Oct-2009

    Last week, Congress considered a measure, known as a continuing resolution (CR), that would keep the government funded into the 2010 fiscal year, which began on October 1, 2009. TBI related programs will be funded at FY2009 levels until the spending bills for next year have been approved. The full Senate has yet to consider the Fiscal Year 2010 Labor, Health and Human Services and Education ...
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  • Health Care Reform Update

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 6-Oct-2009

    This week the Senate finance committee wrapped up debate on its version of a health care reform package. The committee now has finished debating the more than one hundred amendments offered to the bill. A final vote is possible next week, although the finance committee cautiously waits to hear the cost estimate of the measure from the congressional budget office. BIAA will continue to monitor the ...
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  • National Defense Authorization Update

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 6-Oct-2009

    As reported in a previous edition of Policy Corner, the Senate version of this year’s National Defense Authorization bill includes an amendment that authorizes the Secretary of Defense to carry out a pilot program for providing cognitive rehabilitation therapy services under TRICARE. As the House and Senate meet to debate the differences in the two versions in order to craft a final bill, ...
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