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Brain Injury Advocates Testify in Support of Cognitive Rehabilitation Coverage

Hearing 2The Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts (BIA-MA) and other advocates came together at the Massachusetts State House in November in support of S.485/H.843 An Act Relative to Cognitive Rehabilitation. If passed, this bill would require private insurance companies in the Commonwealth to cover post-acute cognitive rehabilitation for individuals with acquired brain injury, thereby increasing access to specialized services critical to the rehabilitative process. More than 30 advocates testified in support of the bill during a hearing before the Joint Committee on Financial Services. This was the first big step in getting the bill passed. Survivors, loved ones, and experts, including NeuroRestorative’s Victoria Harding and Maureen Butler as well as other providers, shared their personal and professional experiences – from the challenges of trying to regain one’s independence after brain injury to the difference in the quality of life for survivors who can access the care they need versus those who cannot.

Thanks to a strong advocacy effort, not only was there a great turnout at the hearing, but Committee members also received more than 7,000 letters in support of the bill!

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