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BIA Applauds Kansas Legislature

14-Jun-2019 The United States has made remarkable progress in recent years in increasing awareness and research, and improving prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of traumatic brain injury (TBI). However, there is a major segment of the brain injury survivor population that receives little attention: those individuals who have sustained an acquired brain injury (ABI). 

Thankfully that is scheduled to change in Kansas on July 1: The Kansas Legislature joined several other states in expanding our State’s Medicaid brain injury program to include children under 16 and those with acquired brain injury - including stroke, aneurysm, and poisoning. People eligible for Medicaid can receive home and community-based services (physical, speech, and occupational therapies and other services) that rebuild independence and prevent institutionalization in a nursing home. Pending approval from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), potential applicants can contact their local Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) for an assessment. To find an ADRC near you, call (855) 200-2372.

The Brain Injury Association of Kansas and Greater Kansas City (BIAKS) believes that with appropriate therapies, services, and supports, many more people who experience a brain injury can return to school, work, and experience success in everyday life.  

“We congratulate members of the Brain Injury Association of Kansas and Greater Kansas City for their successful advocacy in expanding the state’s brain injury waiver to include persons with acquired brain injuries, also known as non-traumatic brain injuries, as well as children, said Susan Connors, president of the Brain Injury Association of America. The expanded waiver will no doubt improve the quality of life for people with all types of brain injury.”

Please click here to view the full press release. 

The mission of the Brain Injury Association of Kansas and Greater Kansas City is to improve the quality of life for people affected by brain injury.

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