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Senate HELP Committee Approves Reauthorization of TBI Act


Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) Chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP), announced today that the committee has approved the Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Reauthorization Act of 2014 as part of a package of bipartisan bills.

“On behalf of people across the country who are living with TBI, I would like to thank Sen. Harkin and the HELP Committee for recognizing the value of this important piece of legislation,” said Susan Connors, president and CEO of BIAA.

First enacted in 1996, the TBI Act is the only federal law that authorizes agencies within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to conduct research and public education programs and to administer grants to states and protection and advocacy organizations to improve service system access and coordination for the 2.4 million civilians who sustain traumatic brain injuries in the U.S. each year.

The authorization bill includes an increased focus on brain injury management in children and gives the HHS Secretary discretion to determine which agency within the department will administer the grant program for states and protection and advocacy organizations.

“I hope the Senate will consider these important, bipartisan measures as soon as possible,” Harkin said in his announcement.

The House of Representatives voted to reauthorize the TBI Act in a floor vote on June 24, 2014.


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