Brain Injury Association of California Sponsors SB 253

Court House

The Brain Injury Association of California (BIACAL) is pleased to sponsor Senate Bill 253, The Brain Injury Access To Treatment Act. SB 253 will enable access to treatment for acquired brain injury across an established continuum of licensed treatment settings specifically designed to provide the most clinically effective and cost efficient specialized treatment for acquired brain injury and to ensure that acquired brain injury as a catastrophic health condition is treated on par with other major medical conditions which have no time limitations. Current rehabilitation provisions are time limited and are intended for orthopedic conditions, rather than neurologic injury. Arbitrary time or cost limitations on neurological rehabilitation are inappropriate and passage of SB 253 will provide opportunities for recovery as observed in individuals like ABC reporter Bob Woodruff and Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who have demonstrated what is possible with proper access to specialized treatment of appropriate timing, duration and intensity.

The Brain Injury Association of California would like to ask for your support by way of writing letters and attending the Senate Health Committee Hearing in Sacramento on Wednesday, January 11, 2012, in State Capitol Room 4203 at 1:30 pm.

Please address letters of support to Senator Michael Rubio at the following address:

Senator Michael Rubio

State Capitol, Room 2066

Sacramento, CA 95814

These support letters are needed by Friday, December 30, 2011. To expedite the receipt of these letters, we ask that you either email or fax the letters to the attention of Mr. Martin Radosevich at [email protected] or fax to Mr. Radosevich’s attention at (916) 327-5989. We also request that you send copies of all support letters to Paula Daoutis, Administrative Director of BIACAL via email to [email protected] or by fax to (661) 873-2508.

Sample support letters can be accessed from BIACAL’s website by clicking on the link to the left. Please edit as appropriate and all Hospitals, Rehab Facilities, Other Treating Facilities, and Organizations should submit letters of support on company letterhead. Individuals are encouraged to insert a paragraph that will highlight struggles to receive appropriate levels of rehabilitation due to the denials of the insurance carriers.

BIACAL wants to stress the importance and urgency of sending these letters of support and with the approaching Holidays, we ask that you send these support letters right away to avoid missing the opportunity to support this legislation.

Please direct any questions to Paula Daoutis at [email protected]