The Council also supports laws and regulations that impacts all individuals affected by brain injury and is committed to public education and prevention from injury occurring. As a credible voice and active advocate we have worked to support the following causes:
Support for development of treatment guidelines for people with brain injury
The Brain Injury Association of America is teaming up with the Brain Injury Research Center at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai to develop treatment guidelines for people with brain injury. The grant funds a three-year investigation to develop Guidelines for the Rehabilitation and Disease Management of Adults with Moderate to Severe Brain Injury.
The outcomes of this project will offer a framework for those providing services and will assist to further enhance the quality of care around the nation. The MBIPC supports the efforts to develop guidelines and has made a financial pledge to assist in the funding of the grant.
Support for a Medicaid TBI Waiver for home/community based services
Given the young age of many persons with TBI, home/community based support makes sense both financially and clinically! The alternative is institutional placement where peers are the frail/elderly who are often in the last years of their life. The MBIPC Government Relations Committee supports the design of a Medicaid Waiver that will have the components of service that young people with TBI need to live and grow in their own communities.
Support for Improving access to Cognitive Rehabilitation through Commercial Health Insurance and Tri-Care (military)
The MBIPC Government Relations Council supports the Brain Injury Association in seeking a policy change by health insurers for approval for necessary cognitive rehabilitation. As outlined in the November 2006 BIAA position paper on Cognitive Rehabilitation (CR), the evidence shows that rehabilitation can improve the independence of persons with brain injury. See the TRICARE Coverage for Cognitive Rehabilitation – Talking Points (PDF)