The Importance of Rehabilitation in America’s Healthcare System

Jun 23, 2011


As co-chairs of the Bipartisan Disabilities Caucus, we hope you will accept the invitation you have received to a Congressional Briefing on the Importance of Rehabilitation to America’s Healthcare System.  The featured speaker will be Dr. Gerard Francisco, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords’ attending rehabilitation physician.  Lunch will begin at noon followed by an important and timely discussion on the value of rehabilitation services and devices to all Americans, especially those that have sustained injuries, have disabilities and live with chronic conditions.  The briefing will take place on Thursday, June 23, from 12:00 to 1:30pm in HVC-200 of the Capitol Visitors Center.



The Importance of Rehabilitation in

America’s Healthcare System


Featured SpeakerGerard Francisco, M.D., Chief Medical Officer

TIRR Memorial Hermann

Chairman of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Brian Injury Fellowship Director,

University of Texas at Houston


Briefing Contents


·         The Impact of Rehabilitation and Habilitation Services and Therapies

·         Cost – Benefit of States Reducing Medicaid Coverage of Rehabilitation

·         Rehabilitation’s Impact on Injured Military and Veterans


Complimentary lunch will be served beginning at Noon.


This briefing is sponsored by the Independence Through Enhancement of Medicare and Medicaid (ITEM) Coalition, the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Health Task Force and the Coalition to Preserve Rehabilitation (CPR), in collaboration with the Bipartisan Disabilities Caucus.  If you have any questions or would like to RSVP, please contact Theresa Morgan at  Space is limited and reservations will be made on a first-come, first-serve basis.