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Brain Injury Legislative Summary

The following is presented at the request of the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA):

BIAA Unveils Legislative Agenda for 2009

This week, in preparation for Brain Injury Awareness Day on Capitol Hill, BIAA unveiled its legislative agenda.  With the impending healthcare reform movement looming, BIAA has made access to brain injury care the cornerstone of this year's priorities.

Also, as always, BIAA will be focusing on increased funding for TBI Act programs, as well as promoting funding for Health and function research---including the TBI Model Systems;  Rehabilitation, Research & Training Centers; and field-initiated investigations---within the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR).   Finally, BIAA will continue to fight for returning service members to have access to cognitive rehabilitation and advocate for increased membership in the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force.

A link to BIAA's full fact sheets and legislative goals can be found on our home page under Red Hot Policy News.

Congressional Brain Injury Task Force Awareness Day

Next week on Wednesday, March 25, 2009, The Congressional Brain Injury Task Force will be sponsoring a full day of events centered around promoting brain injury awareness. 

This year's theme is "Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries:  From the Football Field to the Battlefield."  The events will include a fair featuring 46 exhibits, a Congressional briefing including speakers such as Chris Nowinski, (Founder of the Sports Legacy Institute, Author, Former WWE Professional Wrestler and a member of BIAA's board of directors) and a Congressional Reception.

For a full schedule and list of briefing speakers, follow the link entitled legislative fact sheets and other references that can be found on BIAA's homepage



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