Congressional Brain Injury Task Force Urges TRICARE to Cover Cognitive Rehabilitation

This week, the Co-Chairs of the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force, Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) and Rep. Todd Platts (R-PA) sent a letter, signed by over 60 House members from both parties, to Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates urging TRICARE coverage of cognitive rehabilitation.

The letter follows a similar effort in the Senate - promoted strongly by BIAA – in which a group of 10 Senators issued a letter on August 4, 2008 to Secretary Gates urging official TRICARE coverage of cognitive rehabilitation.

In an impressive show of bipartisan support for TRICARE coverage of cognitive rehabilitation, the letter from Congressional Brain Injury Task Force Co-Chairs Pascrell and Platts garnered a total of over 60 additional signatories, representing support from Members of both parties.

The House letter states, "Our nation's wounded warriors deserve world class health care. For this reason, we are concerned that cognitive rehabilitation therapy is excluded for coverage by the military's health care plan TRICARE for brain injury patients. Access to cognitive rehabilitation is a basic element of the continuum of care for brain injury patients and should be covered by TRICARE."

BIAA is closely monitoring the situation and will share news of Secretary Gates' response as soon as it is publicly issued.

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