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Traumatic Brain Injury Act Signed into Law

Late Monday, the President signed the Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Act into Law.

S. 793, the "Traumatic Brain Injury Act of 2008," authorizes appropriations and makes changes to the Department of Health and Human Services programs that provide grants for State programs for: tracking and reporting of brain injuries; and brain injury rehabilitation.

Our thanks should be extended to all those who have worked so hard to see that this act was reauthorized,  especially to our national organization, the Brain Injury Association of America whose leadership spearheaded efforts to get the act passed and to U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-), the Co-Chairman of the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force who was the prime sponsor of this legislation.

Here are some comments from Rep. Pascrell:  “After two years of fighting to reauthorize the TBI Act, I am pleased that the President has joined me to approve an extension of federal services and care for brain injury victims”.  “With thousands of brain injury survivors returning from military service and 5.3 million Americans suffering from TBI here at home, it is more critical than ever for the federal government to prioritize brain injury prevention and rehabilitation.” 

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