Proper Treatment for Individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury

Resolution 11-11.13

WHEREAS, those harmed while on the job, such as Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, are able to receive full care for traumatic brain injuries because they are insured by worker's compensation, which provides the breadth of rehabilitation needed for recovery; and


WHEREAS, more than 360,000 US servicemembers return home from Iraq and Afghanistan with traumatic brain injuries yet are unable to receive the breadth of treatment needed for recovery; and


WHEREAS, 5.3 million people, or 2% of the U.S. population, suffer from the long term effects of traumatic brain injuries,  and only a few insurance companies cover the breadth of therapies, including cognitive, occupational, physical, and speech, needed to return our citizens to a productive life;


THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the California Democratic Party supports enhanced benefits, including cognitive, occupational, speech, and physical therapy, of doctor-directed duration and intensity, as recommended by the American Medical Association, for our servicemembers, both in active service and as veterans, and as a minimum standard for all health insurance, as defined by the Affordable Care Act (ACA);


BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the California Democratic Party call on the California Democratic Congressional delegation and Senators Boxer and Feinstein to author legislation to ensure these benefits are available to our veterans and support efforts to ensure the definition of traumatic brain injury be included as an essential health benefit under the ACA Regulations for US citizens and additionally refer to the Democratic National Committee.


Sponsor: Alyson Abramowitz, CDP Disabilities Caucus


Adopted by the California Democratic Party
At its November 2011 Executive Board Meeting
Crowne Plaza Hotel, Burlingame
November 20, 2011





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