COALITION MEETINGS INCREASE IN ANTICIPATION OF HEALTHCARE REFORM

As advocacy groups anticipate major activity on healthcare reform this year, multiple disability and healthcare coalitions in Washington are hitting the ground running and convening strategy meetings in January. BIAA is a member of many of these coalitions, and recently attended several meetings.

On Friday, January 9, BIAA was represented at the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities Annual Meeting. The meeting featured speakers from the Obama Presidential Transition Team, as well as the Senate Finance Committee.

On Wednesday, January 14, BIAA sat at the table of the Washington Rehabilitation Coalition. A group that included many front-runners in the industry dedicated to preserving and increasing Medicare coverage of rehabilitation services in post-acute stages. The group discussed the anticipated 2010 budget as well as CBO bundling proposals and the issue of Medicare outpatient therapy caps.

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