Pentagon plan won't cover brain-damage therapy
Scientists have become increasingly persuaded that people who suffer brain injuries benefit from cognitive rehabilitation therapy — a lengthy, painstaking process in which patients relearn basic life tasks. Many neurologists, several major insurance companies and even some medical facilities run by the Pentagon agree that the therapy can help people whose functioning has been diminished by blows to the head. But despite pressure from Congress and the recommendations of military and civilian experts, the Pentagon's health plan for troops and many veterans refuses to cover the treatment — a decision that could affect the tens of thousands of service members who have suffered brain damage.
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