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Brain Injury Legislative Update

The following brain injury legislative update has been prepared by the Brain Injury Association of America:

FY10 National Defense Authorization Act

On Wednesday, October 7, 2009, the House and Senate Armed Services Committees announced that they had reached an agreement on a conference report to H.R. 2647, the Fiscal Year 2010 National Defense Authorization Act.

In a major victory for the brain injury community, the report included an amendment that authorizes the Secretary of Defense to carry out a pilot program for providing cognitive rehabilitation therapy services under TRICARE.  BIAA worked with the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force to preserve its status as part of the final conference report.  We are thrilled to have contributed to this important step towards providing better access to care for returning service members.

A link to the full text of the amendment can be found here .

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brain injury rehabilitation

More than 1.4 million people in the U.S are reported to sustain brain injury and among them the U.S troops are the worst victims of brain injuries. Brain injury is very much different from other injuries.The process of treatment is also totally different as the injury is not clearly visible and the period for treatment is much longer than healing any other injuries. Sometimes Brain Injury may result in coma and even death. This is the most disastrous injury that a human can sustain. Brain injury victims requires a modern brain injury rehabilitation. They need full support and attention in order to cure these fatal injuries.

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