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Brain Injury Association Legislative Update

Here is this week's leglislative update provided by the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA):

Health Care Reform Update

This week House Democratic leaders vowed to pass a comprehensive overhaul of the nation's health care system before the Congressional recess in August. Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, and the chairmen of three committees with jurisdiction over this issue made the pledge following a morning meeting with President Obama.  The President restated the importance of the effort as a necessary step for containing long-term budget deficits.

BIAA will continue to monitor any health care reform related progress.  If you have not yet taken action and emailed your Senators and Representatives regarding the brain injury guiding principles, you may still do so by clicking here .

Obama Administration Rescinds Harmful Medicaid Regulations

On May 5, 2009, President Obama issued an order to rescind several Medicaid regulations including separate rules for school-based services as well as outpatient hospital services.  Other harmful Medicaid regulations, including the rehabilitative services rule, were not yet finalized, and therefore did not need to be rescinded.  On that front, the Obama Administration has given no indication that it plans to implement them in the future.

BIAA is thrilled that these harmful Medicaid regulations have been rescinded and that the Medicaid moratorium that BIAA had actively supported earlier this year will no longer be needed!



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