The impact of legislation regarding Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is of interest to my readers. Therefore I present the following by the Brain Injury Association of America.
TBI Act Reauthorization 2013
On Wednesday, March 13, 2013, the TBI Act, H.R. 1098, was introduced by Reps. Pascrell and Rooney, co-chairs of the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force. This bill will reauthorize the current programs relating to TBI and also will move the state grant and protection and advocacy grant programs from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau to another agency with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The move acknowledges the impact of TBI across the age span, including older adults and returning service members/veterans. The Congressional Brain Injury Task Force recommends relocating the program to better coordinate with federal agencies regarding long-term services and supports available to individuals with other disabilities, particularly the long-term services and supports provision of the Affordable Care Act. BIAA thanks Reps. Pascrell and Rooney for introducing this important legislation. Please call your Member of Congress and ask them to co-sponsor H.R. 1098 today!
FY 2014 Appropriations
This week, BIAA submitted FY2014 written testimony to the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor Health and Human Services and Related Agencies. In March, BIAA submitted FY2014 written testimony to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor Health and Human Services and Related Agencies. Both letters proposed funding increases for TBI Act programs and the TBI Model Systems of Care Program. To read BIAA's testimony please clickhere.