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Brain Injury Association of America-Legislative Update Nov 2013
The following legislative update has been prepared by the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA):
TBI Act Reauthorization 2013
The Brain Injury Association of America testified before the House Subcommittee on Health hearing "Examining Public Health Legislation to Help Local Communities" on November 20, 2013. The Subcommittee on Health is chaired by Rep. Pitts (R-PA) and Rep. Pallone (D-NJ) is the ranking member.
The TBI Act, H.R. 1098 was included with six other public health bills in the hearing. Dr. Drew Nagele, member of BIAA's board of directors testified on behalf of the TBI Act. BIAA is pleased to see the progress of the TBI Act in the House of Representatives. We ask you to contact your Senator's and urge him or her to introduce a companion bill in the Senate for H.R. 1098, the TBI Act.
Safe Kids Capitol Day
BIAA was invited to participate in the second annual Safe Kids Capitol Day hosted by the Congressional Kids Safety Caucus and Safe Kids Worldwide. The event promoted prevention of brain injury including wearing helmets and included concussion education. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also participated in the Safe Kids Capitol Day.
The TBI Act, which BIAA advocates for provides funding to the CDC to conduct surveillance, prevention and public education programs on TBI. CDC provides free resources through the Heads Up Concussion Campaign for youth sports, schools, high school sports and practitionersBIAA is proud to partner with the CDC and to be a part of Safe Kids Capitol Day.
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Legislative Update from the Brain Injury Association of America
The following is the November 2013 legislative and policy update from the Brain Injury Assocation of America (BIAA):
TBI Act Reauthorization 2013
The Brain Injury Association of America along with the TBI Act stakeholders, National Association of State Head Injury Administrators (NASHIA) and National Disability Rights Network (NDRN), continue to work with Senate staff on reauthorization. The TBI Act should be introduced in the Senate this fall. National Conference on Youth Sports Safety BIAA was invited to participate in the first National Conference on Youth Sports Safety in Washington DC. The conference was led by Dr. David Satcher, the 16th U.S. Surgeon General. Dr Satcher is currently the Director of the Satcher Health Leadership Institute. The Protecting Athletes and Sports Safety (PASS) initiative seeks to initiate a sustained national conversation on changing the culture of sport so we can better protect our young athletes. PASS will continue to bring together the nation's thought leaders to take the discussion to the next level. Over the next two years, the conversation will lead to the development of a set of national guidelines that identify best practices proven to help 1) significantly reduce youth sports injuries including concussion and 2) provide parents with information they need to make good decisions about involving their children in youth sports. BIAA looks forward to working with PASS to make all sports safer for student athletes.
This week BIAA attended the Nondefense Discretionary (NDD) United Congressional Briefing. NDD United is a campaign of 3,200 national, state, and local organizations working to protect nondefense discretionary investments. As we enter into the next critical phase of budget negotiations, we are urging Congress to replace sequestration with a balanced approach to deficit reduction.
Future Care Coalition
BIAA continues to lead the Future Care Coalition with United Spinal Association meeting with the Office of Financial Management at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to inform them of our concerns related to the Advanced Notice of Proposed Rule Making (ANPRM) for Medicare Secondary Payer Future Medicals. In the ANPRM, CMS proposed 7 options for a beneficiary to reimburse CMS for future medical costs. The Future Care Coalition believes there needs to be strong protections in place for the beneficiary in terms of access to care if CMS were to move forward with collecting future medical costs. The rule is currently at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) where it is reviewed by OMB staff. BIAA and other members of the Future Care Coalition met with OMB staff to share our concerns about the ANPRM as they move through the review process. The coalition continues to meet with Congressional offices to build Champions on the hill related to this important issue. BIAA and members of the coalition met with staff in Reps. Jenkins (R-KS) and Kind (D-WI) and Sens. Kirk (R-IL) and Portman (R-OH) during the past week.
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid DMEPOS Bidding Program
BIAA was invited to participate in a meeting with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) that was led by United Spinal Association and the Independence through Enhancement of Medicare and Medicaid (ITEM) Coalition which BIAA is a member of to educate CMS regarding the DMEPOS bidding program that provides wheelchairs to Medicare beneficiaries. Wheelchair suppliers also attended the meeting. Even though CMS has opened up the rules to allow non-contract suppliers to repair wheelchairs in addition to contract suppliers, there is no enforcement of non-contract suppliers making repairs for those that need them. The implementation of the bidding program is an added obstacle in ensuring affordable, quality coverage and access to critical medical equipment, supplies and related services to an already vulnerable population; seniors and people with disabilities that must rely on a smaller number of providers for their medical equipment.
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Veterans with brain injuries, how to obtain benefits
The Brain Injury Association of New York State (BIANYS) has scheduled in new webinair, “Overview of Benefits for Veterans with Brain Injury” for Friday, November 22, 2013 from 1:00-2:15 p.m. EST. This webinar will provide an overview of benefits available to Veterans who have sustained a TBI, their families and caregivers. For more information and to register, click here
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Brain injury and the affordable health care act--free webinair
The Brain Injury Association of America has announced a new webinair to explore the new Obama, health care legislation and its implications for those with traumatic brain injury entitled, “One Month Into Health Care Reform: An Update on Health Insurance Exchanges”
Participants will learn:
1. The status of how the new health insurance marketplace is operating
2. How individuals with brain injury fit into overall health care reform
3. What the changes mean for providers and consumers of brain injury benefits
Date and Time Fri, Oct 25, 2013 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT
Panelists Peter Thomas, Principle The Powers Firm Theresa Morgan, Legislative Director The Powers Firm
Registration Register at this link
Webinar ID: 147-022-147
Audio Participants can use their computer's microphone and speakers (VoIP) or telephone. United States Toll: +1 (909) 259-0012 Access Code: 205-103-885 Audio PIN: Shown after joining the webinar
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Concussion Management Protocol For Schools-Webinair
The Brain Injury Association of New York State (BIANYS) is offering a free webinar: From the Desk of the School Nurse: How to Implement A Concussion Management Protocol.
Time and date: Wednesday, August 28, 2013, 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. (EDT)
Overview: The presenter, Patricia McLaughlin, RN, will focus on the importance of taking a multi-disciplinary team approach to concussion management and how best to implement a concussion management protocol in a school district setting. Patricia McLaughlin is a parent and a registered nurse with 25 years of experience. She is a current member of the staff at Albany Medical Center Coronary Care Unit. Mrs. McLaughlin also works as a full-time school nurse at Pine Bush Elementary School K-5, where she has been for 6 years.
For more information, please click here
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Brain Injury Business Practice College-Save the Date
The Brain Injury Association of America will present the 2014 Brain Injury Business Practice College at the Green Valley Ranch Resort and Spa in Las Vegas (Henderson), NV, January 21-23, 2014.
The 2014 College will offer sessions to enable rehabilitation executives, managers, and professionals to improve their business methods and metrics, and the Planning Committee has chosen Innovation as its theme. The full schedule will be posted on the BIAA website.
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Brain Injury Legislative Update
The following legislative update on developments on traumatic brain injury in Washington has been prepared by the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA):
Appropriations Bill Approved
The Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee approved a $594 billion fiscal 2014 Defense spending bill this week. In the bill there is a $60 million increase in Pentagon medical research efforts for traumatic brain injury and psychological health.
Committee Passes Reauthorization of the Workforce Investment Act, S. 1356
This week, the Health Education Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee passed the reauthorization of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA). The WIA Reauthorization has been over due since 2003. The bill passed through committee by an 18-3 vote, and will now be considered by the full Senate.
In the bill, the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) will be moved to the Administration on Community Living (ACL) in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). NIDRR is renamed the National Institute on Disability and Independent Living Research (NIDILR). NIDILR is where the TBI
Model Systems are located. There are 16 TBI Model Systems throughout the United States that provide care and collect information on individuals with traumatic brain injury during the acute hospital stay and in the community after discharge.
Title V of WIA reauthorize the Rehabilitation Act, including vocational rehabilitation (VR) programs. According to the committee press release the updates to the Title V are aimed at making sure that young people with disabilities have increased preparation and opportunities for competitive, integrated employment. The bill requires state VR agencies, in conjunction with local educational agencies, to make "pre-employment transition services" available to students with disabilities. Updates to the bill also focus on creating better alignment of government programs at the national level that are focused on employment and independent living for people with disabilities.
Congressional Hearing on Human Brain Research
This week the House Committee on Science, Subcommittee on Research and Technology held a
hearing entitled the Frontiers of Human Brain Research. Witness included Dr. Story Landis, Director of National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke at the National Institutes of Health, Michael McLoughlin, Deputy
Business Area Executive, Research and Exploratory Development at Applied Physics Laboratory at John Hopkins University, U.S. Air Force Master Sergeant Joseph Deslauriers Jr., Dr. Marcus Raichle, Professor of Radiology, Neurology, Neurobiology and Biomedical Engineering at Washington University, and Dr. Gene Robinson, Director at the Institute for Genomic Biology, Swanlund Chair, Center for Advanced Study Professor in Entomology and Neuroscience at the University of Illinois.
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Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts Appoints New Executive Director
Congratulations and best wishes to Nicole Godaire who has been appointed the new executive director of The Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts (BIA-MA).
Ms. Godaire has served the association for the past eight years in multiple capacities, including her most recent position of assistant executive director and manager of education.
The BIA-MA is the state chartered affliate of the Brain Injury Association of America.
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July brain injury webinairs
The following webinairs are sponsored by the Brain Injury Association of America duing the month of July:
July 18, 2013, 3 p.m. ET, Mitch Rosenthal Memorial Webinar: Sexual Functioning after TBI
Angelle Sander, PhD, will discuss current research on sexuality following TBI.
Registration ends July 16, 2013, at 5 p.m. ET. Click here.
July 24, 2013, at 3 p.m. ET:
Discussion of the current status of implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and other legislative and regulatory actions affecting access to rehabilitative care for people with TBI.
Register for this webinar here:
July 31, 2013, 3 p.m. ET, Caregiver Education Series: Getting Things Done with Smart Apps
Michelle Ranae Wild will explore a number of productivity apps available to help after brain injury.
Registration ends July 29, 2013, at 5 p.m. ET. Click here.
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Arlene Kolb retires as executive director of the Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts-Thank you and good luck on your future plans
Best of luck and a grateful thank you to Arlene Kolb who retired effective yesterday, as the executive director of the Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts.
Arlene served tirelessly for over twenty years as the association’s executive director and has led the Brain Injury Association in its pioneering efforts to improve the quality of life for persons with brain injury and their families. She also played a significant role in establishing the Statewide Head Injury Program, a division of the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission.
While leading the Massachusetts Brain Injury Association, the organization expanded from one main office in Westboro to two additional regional offices in Pittsfield and East Wareham serving 60,000 people across the state. There also are now over 30 BIA-MA support groups for survivors and their families. BIA-Massachusetts and Arlene Kolb can take great pride in the precedent setting class action suit she spearheaded establishing the rights of brain injured individuals to live in their community in the least restrictive environment rather than being confined to a life in a nursing home.
Among the awards that BIA-MA received under Korab's include a “20 Years of Excellence” Award from the Civil Justice Foundation, an Outstanding Advocacy Award from the Brain Injury Association of America, a National Lifesavers Award from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, two Gold Awards from the New England Society for Healthcare Communications for a “veterans with TBI” billboard and the Faces of Brain Injury project, and a Leadership Award from Riverside Community Care Inc.