Urge Your Legislator to Vote No on HB 5013

Last Thursday, HB 5013 passed out of committee and now sits on the House floor for a vote. This bill will likely be brought up on the floor for a house vote this week, with a second reading on Wednesday and vote on Thursday. Mayor Duggan, a number prominent Detroit Business men and corporations, and members from the Michigan Chamber are working hard to advance this bill. Additionally, HB 5013 will increase the amount of Medicaid spending by $80 million in ten years.

IT IS TIME TO TAKE ACTION AND MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD.

We strongly encourage you to join us at the Capitol and oppose this legislation, which would:

  • Authorize unprecedented dollar cap limitations on no-fault benefits
  • Give insurance companies greater control over patients’ medical care
  • Greatly increases the power of the insurance companies while taking legal rights away from patients
  • Only offers temporary premium rate reductions, if any at all

A strong showing of folks opposing this bill outside the house floor both days is important. Anticipate two long afternoons especially on Thursday. Session on Thursday starts at noon.

We will meet, receive a short update, gather materials and have lunch across the street from the House Office Building at the Central Methodist Church basement, 215 North Capitol from 11:00 AM until 2:00 PM on Wednesday and from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM on Thursday. Salad, pizza, and beverages will be provided on Wednesday at about 11:45 AM. Lunch on Thursday will be ready about 11:00 AM prior to the start of a noon House session.

We need your help if we are going to make sure this bill is defeated. If able, we strongly encourage you to join us. If you are unable, there are still ways you can help and make your voice heard.

  1. Email your legislators. We’ve provided a pre-written form letter, but feel free to make changes or write your own letter and send it. If you write your own, be sure they know your situation and what you stand to lose if this passes.
  2. Call your legislators. We’ve provided talking points, but feel free to make changes or include your own. Be sure they know your situation and what you stand to lose if this passes.
  3. Use social media to share your position and stories regarding your health care situation and be sure to use the hashtags #ProtectNoFault and #NO5013. Tell your story and let people know that the care being received would be impossible under the Duggan-Leonard plan.

Help us protect defend the system of care critical to so many Michiganders who have been, and unfortunately will be, auto accident survivors and their families.

Pam Hallman to Meet with the U.S. Congressional Brain Injury Task Force

On October 25, our own Pam Hallman has been chosen to represent domestic violence and brain injury survivors across the country in front of the U.S. Congressional Brain Injury Task Force at a briefing, titled “The Silent Epidemic in America – Brain Injury and Domestic Violence,” in Washington D.C.

The briefing will explore the correlation between domestic violence and brain injury and discuss the unique challenges in addressing brain injury in domestic violence cases. Pam will be joined by Dr. Javier Cárdenas, Director of the Barrow concussion and Brain Injury Center; Dr. Valerie Maholmes, Chief of the Pediatric Trauma and Critical Illness Branch at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development; and Anne McDonnell, the Executive Director of the Brain Injury Association of Virginia, as speakers at the briefing, with BIAA President/CEO Susan Connors moderating.

As both a brain injury and domestic violence survivor, and with years of experience speaking on the topic, Pam will undoubtedly leave a lasting impression on the task force and all present for her testimony. We applaud Pam for her bravery and for sharing her story in the hopes that it brings about meaningful changes in the lives of current and future domestic violence survivors.

Capitol Day, Annual Meeting, and Spring Fling

On Wednesday, May 17th, we will be gathering in the Mackinaw Room for Capitol Day 2017. It’s a chance for brain injury survivors, their friends and family members, caregivers, and professionals to meet their state legislators in Lansing face to face and discuss the issues that are most pressing to them. To read more about Capitol Day, past successes, or to register, please visit our Capitol Day page.

The Annual Meeting and Spring Fling are also on the horizon. They will be held at the Bavarian Inn Lodge in Frankenmuth on May 6th. The Survivors Committee is planning an evening of fun with karaoke and pizza. Not only is this a chance to have some fun with fellow survivors, but also meet with some of the BIAMI board members and celebrate the work and achievements our volunteers. The volunteer award winners will be chosen this week; further nominations will not be accepted. For more information, please view our Annual Meeting and Spring Fling flyer.

Urgent Action Needed: No Repeal Without Replacement

We are asking you to contact your federal lawmakers and urge them not to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) without a comprehensive replacement plan. Congress is currently putting forth legislation to repeal the ACA. This is not about political affiliations, but about healthcare coverage continuity for millions of Americans. Any repeal of the ACA without a plan to take its place will negatively affect hundreds of thousands of Michigan residents and millions of Americans. It’s wrong for America and it’s wrong for Michigan.

Here’s why:

  • An immediate repeal would affect roughly 1-in-10 people in Michigan, disproportionately impacting less well-off districts. Without agreement on an immediate replacement, repeal could leave those dependent on ACA for health coverage completely uninsured.
  • ACA repeal without a robust replacement plan could also increase the cost of coverage as younger and healthier Michigan residents opt out of health insurance, further burdening the State to cover those older or with chronic conditions. Furthermore, ACA repeal without a substantive replacement means those with pre-existing conditions will either be denied coverage or face far higher costs for basic coverage. This would affect around 28% of Michigan residents. Michigan citizens should not be forced to choose between their health and bankruptcy.
  • Because the ACA allows children to stay on their parents’ health insurance until they reach age 26, repeal could eliminate coverage for nearly 73,000 young adults in Michigan age 18-26.
  • In Michigan, the Medicaid expansion has had a positive effect on the state’s economy and more than paid for itself. According to a study published by the University of Michigan in the New England Journal of Medicine, nearly 30,000 new jobs were created every year with 85% of them in the private sector and one-third in a healthcare field. Repealing the ACA without a replacement plan in place would undo all of this and could cost Michigan over 100,000 jobs.
  • Seniors and people with disabilities rely on Medicaid for long-term services an d Cuts, block grants, or per capita cap proposals would hurt these people, who have no other means of paying for the care they need.

Call your U.S. Representative at: (202)225-3121 Call Senator Stabenow at: (202) 224-4822

Call Senator Peters at: (202) 224-6221

Use Engage to email your lawmakers using the sample message:

  1. Go to our Engage site (http://cqrcengage.com/biami/home)
  2. Send the featured letter that’s posted by pressing Take Action
  3. Fill in your information, and add personal details if you would like

Thank you for your immediate attention to this urgent matter.

Scott Dingwall Passes Away

It is with a great deal of sadness that we announce the passing of Scott Dingwall earlier this afternoon.

Back in 2013, Scott was profiled in a video produced for BIAMI. His endless optimism and zest for life sustained him far beyond his original life expectancy, and allowed him to immerse himself into so many different endeavors and experiences. His outlook on things could best be summed up by his beaming smile and his opening line from our video: “Let’s get this party started!”

Scott’s mother, Dora, is a passionate advocate and volunteer with BIAMI. It is only through her graciousness that we share this sad story with you. We will announce details as they come out for those

interested in paying their respects to a valued member of our community.

We would like to thank Scott and Dora for their time and efforts, but also for sharing a very personal part of themselves in our video. Scott will be greatly missed by all of us; he has touched more lives than he could possibly have known.

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