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Mother of brain injury patient calls for expanded insurance

The mother of a brain injury victim recently appealed to federal lawmakers to make it easier for brain injury patients to get rehabilitation and treatment. The woman's son suffered a traumatic brain injury in an auto accident, and she says that his insurance, like the insurance of many other brain injury victims, was insufficient to cover the care he continues to need.

Montana residents who know people with traumatic brain injuries might be able relate with this family's struggle. The young man's insurance only covered him for the duration of his hospital stay, which was 32 days. As a result, payments for his hyperbaric therapy and other rehabilitation came out of his family's pockets. Those payments total in the thousands.

Now the mother has launched a website and started a non-profit organization meant to raise public awareness around traumatic brain injuries. The organization, which is called TryMunity, also provides support to families facing issues related to brain injury.

A doctor who provides hyperbaric therapy in Texas got word of the family's plight, and he affirmed that few insurance policies cover the rehab and therapy needed by brain injury patients. "We've been trying for three years to get government funding and approval for a study on veterans with percussive brain injury," he said. But the fight is ongoing.

He says that big medical companies don't give enough attention to hyperbaric therapy because it isn't patentable and thus not very lucrative.

But rehab and therapy after a brain injury are nonetheless expensive, and the mother in this case is working to get insurance coverage expanded for patients with brain injuries.

If Montana residents would like to learn more about receiving treatment for a serious injury, our Bozeman personal injury site may provide some answers.

Source: khou.com, "Mother of brain-injury victim takes message to Capital Hill," Jobin Panicker, March 30, 2013

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