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Senate and House Pass Traumatic Brain Injury Act

In some great news, the Senate today jointed the House of Representatives and passed legislation to reauthorize the Traumatic Brain Injury Act (S. 793).  The vote in the House was 392-1.  The bill now goes to the President for his signature.

The following message was released by the Brain Injury Association of America:

The bill authorizes ongoing CDC, NIH and HRSA TBI programs over the period of FY 2009 through FY 2012. 

The bill also authorizes a new study by the CDC and the NIH in collaboration with the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs to identify the incidence of brain injury among our nation’s veterans, especially veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan.  The purpose of this study is to ensure that national research takes veterans into account and that current information about diagnostic tools and treatments are shared between the civilian and military scientific communities.

Much thanks should go to the hard work of the Brain Injury Association of America in getting this vital legislation passed.

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