Important updates from the Brain Injury Associaton of America
Here is the latest legislative update from the Brain Injury Associaton 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!
Brain Injury Awareness Day 2013
A big thank you to everyone who participated in brain injury awareness day on Capitol Hill!!! BIAA appreciates all the advocates who traveled to Washington on March 13 to educate Congress on the resources needed for individuals with brain injury and their families. BIAA would like to thank the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force, especially Reps. Pascrell and Rooney, for planning a successful event. Also, BIAA thanks all of the advocates who contacted their congressional representatives to inform them March 13 was Brain Injury
Awareness Day on Capitol Hill and encouraged them to attend the day's events.
The exhibit fair and briefing were both very well-attended, with standing room only. During the afternoon reception, Rep. Pascrell touched all of our hearts when he presented the Purple Heart medal to a solider that sustained TBI's in Iraq and Afghanistan. The solider had given Rep. Pascrell his medal for all the work the Congressman has done on behalf of individuals who have sustained a traumatic brain injury.
Brain Injury Policy Meeting
On Thursday, March 14, 2013, the Brain Injury Association of America hosted a policy strategy meeting to discuss where the brain injury community can speak with one voice. Participants at the meeting included American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, National Association of State Head Injury Administrators, North American Brain Injury Society, Sarah Jane Brain Foundation, TBI Model Systems Project Directors and the United States Brain Injury Alliance. BIAA thanks the organizations for attending and looks forward to future collaborations.