With an overhaul of the healthcare system looming in the United States Senate, State Senator Eric Lesser met with participants at Behavioral Health Network’s Center for Traumatic Brain Injury in Springfield where they expressed concerns about availability and affordability of healthcare, as well as preexisting conditions.
BHN’s Center for Traumatic Brain Injury provides services to individuals who have sustained a traumatic brain injury. Program staff specialize in understanding the impact of brain injuries and work with participants to develop skills for day-to-day living, explore education and job opportunities and access community resources.
Program funding is provided by the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission’s Brain Injury and Statewide Specialized Community Services Department. BHN’s Center for Traumatic Brain Injury is located in Springfield and in Pittsfield.
According to Senator Lesser, “I had the privilege to meet with survivors of traumatic brain injuries from across Western Mass. They are truly inspiring people, who despite their challenges are working day in and day out to better their lives. Even more admirable, they are fierce advocates for those less fortunate who are in need of medical care. Our discussion made clear that government’s choices affect patients’ health care, and it is our responsibility to protect their access to life-saving treatment.”