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bipartisan group of 74 lawmakers issued a letter Friday demanding that the Pentagon’s health plan cover a treatment for brain injured soldiers

According to Daniel Zweirdling and Christian Miller of NPR a¬†bipartisan group of 74 lawmakers issued a letter Friday demanding that the Pentagon’s health plan cover a treatment for brain injured soldiers known as cognitive rehabilitation therapy.

.Rep. Bill Pascrell, (D-NJ), and Rep. Todd Platts (R-PA), the leaders of the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force, cited an investigation by ProPublica and NPR, which found that Tricare, an insurance-style plan covering soldiers and many veterans, had relied on a controversial study to avoid paying for the intensive and often expensive treatment.

“We hope that you share our concern that service members returning from the battlefield cannot wait to receive treatment for their injuries,” the letter said. “It is our hope that there exists some contingency plan to provide cognitive rehabilitation for service members who are returning home today.”

Official Pentagon figures show that nearly 200,000 troops have suffered traumatic brain injuries since 2001, though our investigation found evidence suggesting the true toll is far higher. Although the majority of soldiers recover from the most common form of head trauma, known as mild traumatic brain injury or concussion, some suffer lifelong mental difficulties, with trouble remembering words or following directions.

Pascrell and Platts first wrote a letter demanding that Tricare provide cognitive rehabilitation more than two years ago. In response, Tricare contracted a study which found insufficient evidence to justify providing the treatment.

In confidential reviews obtained by ProPublica and NPR, however, leading brain specialists blasted the study for ignoring evidence that the therapy helped, calling it “deeply flawed.” Top Pentagon health officials have also expressed concern about the high cost of the treatment, our reporting found.

Cognitative influences can be caused by traumatic brain injuries to civilians as well. These injuries are serious and if they are the result of the negligence of another, for example in car accident cases, medical malpractice cases and the like you need experienced personal injury counsel to ensure your rights are protected.

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