Legislation Update April 2012

 TBI Act Reauthorization 2012

The Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Act, H.R. 4238 was introduced by Representative Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ) and Representative Todd Russell Platts (R-PA) on Wednesday, March 21, 2012 in the House of Representatives. Please call your Representative today to ask him or her to co-sponsor H.R. 4238. Specifically, BIAA would like constituents of the following members to call or email their Representative to ask them to cosponsor the bill. The Representatives listed below are members of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Health.

Rep. Shimkus (IL-19-R)
Rep. Myrick (NC-9-R)
Rep. Murphy (PA-18-R)
Rep. McMorris Rogers (WA-5-R)
Rep. Capps (CA-23-D)
Rep. Ross (AR-4-D)
Rep. Bono Mack (CA-45-R)
Rep. DeGette (CO-1-D)
Rep. Doyle (PA-14-D)
Rep. Eshoo (CA-14-D)

The following is from the Grassroots notification of the Brain Injury Association of America:

Appropriations Update

On April 12, 2012, BIAA submitted FY13 written testimony to both the Senate and House Appropriations Subcommittees on Labor Health and Human Services and Related Agencies. Both letters proposed the following funding increases for TBI Act programs and the TBI Model Systems of Care Program.
$10 million (+ $4 million) for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention TBI Registries and Surveillance, Brain Injury Acute Care Guidelines, Prevention and National Public Education/Awareness
$8 million (+ $1 million) for the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Federal TBI State Grant Program
$4 million (+ $1 million) for the HRSA Federal TBI Protection & Advocacy (P&A) Systems Grant Program
$11 million (+ $1.5 million) for the TBI Model Systems of Care Program, and line item status within the broader NIDRR budget

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