Senate Veterans Affairs Committee Holds Brain Injury Benchmarking Hearing
On May 5, 2010, The Senate Veterans Affairs Committee held a hearing examining the efforts of the Department of Veterans Affairs in responding to the rehabilitation needs of veterans with TBI since the passage of the TBI-related provisions as part of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2008. BIAA passed its slot to testify to the Brain Injury Association of Michigan (BIAMI) because of their in-depth involvement with the veteran population in Michigan.
Mike Dabbs, President of BIAMI, testified about the need for an increased public/private partnership between the VA and private health care providers in order to insure that veterans can access the best care possible. For further reading, the full testimony is available on BIAMI's Web site.
As many of you know, this hearing comes after the Veterans’ Health Care Authorization Act that was cleared last month. Because of the specific language in the bill regarding veterans with brain injury and access to non-VA providers, in which BIAA and the Wounded Warrior Project advocated for tirelessly, BIAA is hopeful that the provisions in the bill as well as the outcomes of the May 5th hearing will serve to dramatically increase access to care for the veteran population across the country.