“Essential Services”

We are attaching talking points that will be useful when discussing both rehabilitation services and habilitation services as essential services under State Insurance Exchange Programs required to be created pursuant to the Affordable Care Act.  Persons suffering from a brain injury should receive adequate medical and rehabilitation services under the Affordable Care Act.

The outcomes of rehabilitation and habilitation services and devices are consistent with core
American values because they enable people to:
• Maximize independence in the least restrictive environment;
• Live active and productive lifestyles that embrace family, work, education, and community; and
• Avert medical complications and minimize hospital readmissions.

These outcomes are important to individuals, families, and society. By promoting these outcomes, overall health care costs can be reduced, and thus provide significant value to American taxpayers.