Last week, the Health and Human Services (HHS) department asked for public
comments regarding their draft strategic framework on multiple chronic
conditions (MCC). The framework addresses approaches to improving the
health of individuals with concurrent MCC by providing options for HHS
to strengthen coordination of its efforts internally and collaboration
with stakeholders externally.
BIAA submitted a document detailing the concern that the draft framework
does not include TBI in the list of conditions that constitute concurrent
multiple chronic conditions. BIAA argued that because brain injury has
been linked to epilepsy, Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease and
that individuals with brain injury manifest neurologic, neuroendocrine
and psychiatric disorders as well as cardiovascular, musculoskeletal,
gastrointestinal, urologic and sexual dysfunction it absolutely should
be addressed in the framework.
BIAA will continue to advocate for its inclusion and will update grassroots
advocates on our progress.