On December 24, 2009, the Senate advanced its version of health care reform,
opening the doors for negotiation with the House to reconcile differences
between the two bills.
This week, negotiators worked to arrive at an agreement in principle to
meld the bills, in the hope that a product be brought to the House floor
this month. (CQ)
BIAA continues to fight to preserve several provisions from the House bill
that are important for people with brain injury. Specifically, BIAA is
working to ensure that insurance rating based on health status or pre-existing
conditions and annual or lifetime limits on medical spending are prohibited.
Also, BIAA is advocating to keep important consumer protections, including
internal and external appeal requirements, provider network adequacy requirements,
and greater transparency by insurance companies, in the final product.
As negotiations continue, BIAA will monitor the situation closely and alert
grassroots advocates if action is needed.