Health Care Reform Update January 14th, 2011
At the request of the Secretary of the Health and Human Services Department (HHS), the Institute of Medicine (IOM) is spearheading a study that will make recommendations on the criteria and methods for determining and updating the essential health benefits package, which was passed as part of the Affordable Care Act. This week, as part of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD), BIAA contributed to oral testimony delivered to IOM's Committee of the Determination of Essential Health Benefits suggesting criteria and models for the design of the rehabilitative and habilitative benefits package.
In addition, BIAA submitted written testimony specific to brain injury that emphasized a continuum of care, including rehabilitation treatment provided in a variety of settings, as medically necessary to reach optimal recovery.
BIAA will continue to assist IOM, as they move through this process, to ensure appropriate access to care for people with brain injury is achieved as health care reform regulations take shape.