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Increase Brain Injury Funding in 2010 Federal Budget

The following action alert has been issued by the Brain Injury Association of America regarding the need to contact your Congress person without delay to urge increased funding for traumatic brain injury (TBI) in next year's budget.

Appropriations Action on Federal TBI Programs Just Around The Corner

Over the next few weeks, both the House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees will be working to craft the FY 2010 Labor, Health and Human Services (HHS), and Education Appropriations bill, which will provide the funding allocation for programs authorized through the TBI Act and for NIDRR's TBI-related research programs, including TBI Model Systems of Care.

Federal funding for these important TBI programs has remained stagnant over the last several years, as Congress has not provided increases sufficient to keep up with the increasing cost of doing business. The urgent need for increased federal support for a national TBI public health infrastructure and TBI research is further heightened by the recognition of TBI as the signature wound of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

With a new Administration in power, and a renewed focus on improving the nation's health care system, the need to adequately fund TBI programs must be clearly communicated to Members of Congress IMMEDIATELY.

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