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Brain Injury Association of America: Legislative Alert

Here is the latest legislative alert from the Brain Injury Association of America:

Dear Advocates:

Congress returned this week from Thanksgiving Break, and acted on several bills impacting traumatic brain injury care and programs.

Late last night, the conference report for the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008 was filed, containing important Wounded Warrior provisions, including several related to TBI care for returning service members.

Also this week, Congress reportedly made progress on year-end spending negotiations, setting up a likely vote next week on an omnibus appropriations bill including reduced spending levels in an attempt to compromise with the White House.

In addition, an expected markup of an important Medicare package by the Senate Finance Committee was scrapped late this week in favor of direct negotiations with the House of Representatives.

Congress will attempt to resolve all of these issues – and more – before ending this year’s session within the next couple of weeks.

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