U.S. Senator Coleman Speaks to Academy Staff on Policy Issues, Initiatives

May 16, 2008

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U.S. Senator Norm Coleman addresses Academy staff.

U.S. Senator Norm Coleman (R-MN) visited the St. Paul headquarters of the American Academy of Neurology on Monday, May 19. The Senator addressed Academy staff about current congressional issues important to AAN members, such as Medicare physician reimbursement rates, medical research funding, and the Academy's proposal to create six Epilepsy Centers of Excellence at the Department of Veterans' Affairs.

Senator Coleman is a cosponsor of the bill, S. 2004: the Epilepsy Centers of Excellence at the Department of Veterans' Affairs Act of 2007. With armed service personnel experiencing high rates of traumatic brain injury in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is certain to see an increase in epilepsy. AANPA members recognized that the VA is unprepared for this increase so AANPA proposed a bill to create centers of excellence that will serve new vets and the 89,000 current veterans who already experience epilepsy. A house companion bill has been introduced as HR 2818 by Congressman Ed Perlmutter (D-CO). S. 2004 has passed the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee and is awaiting action on the Senate floor.