Our View of the Legislature: Brain Injury Services

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Tuesday afternoon, the House Committee on Appropriations, HHR subcommittee approved a bill that would add targeted case management services to the state Medicaid plan.  Delegate Hope’s HB 680 now moves to the full Committee on Appropriations Wednesday afternoon.  You can watch that hearing by clicking here:

There are proposed budget amendments in both the House and the Senate for Medicaid targeted case management services for individuals with severe brain injury (Items 304 #41h and 304 #56s) as well as expanded case management services under state general fund programs (Items 330 #5h and 330 #5s).

Senator Hanger has proposed a budget amendment to create a workgroup to study the possibility of creating a brain injury waiver and neurobehavioral science unit.  Budget Item 308 #1s.

Senator Ruff is proposing funding for 9 staff positions within the Department of Aging and Rehabilitative Services for brain injury housing support coordinators (Item 330 #4s).  Delegate Maguire has a similar amendment in the House (Item 330 #4h).

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