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Senate Passes TBI Reauthorization Act


The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) today applauded the passage of the Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Reauthorization Act of 2014 -- S. 2539 – by the full Senate on September 16.

The TBI Act reauthorizes appropriations through FY2019 for TBI prevention and surveillance or registry programs. BIAA worked closely with Senate staff to add language to the legislation that requires the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to conduct a review of the scientific evidence relating to brain injury management in children, identifying ongoing and potential opportunities for research, and to report to Congress on the results of this review.

The Brain Injury Association of America has been working diligently with our partners on the Hill to pass reauthorization of this important piece of legislation,” said Susan Connors, BIAA’s president and CEO. “I applaud the Senate for taking action on behalf of the 2.5 million American who sustain TBIs each year, and I commend them for directing the CDC to conduct more research into the management of brain injuries in children.

Connors went on to thank Senator Orin Hatch for introducing the bill on the Senate floor and Senator Tom Harkin for moving it through the Senate HELP Committee. “I would especially like to congratulate all of our grassroots advocates, without whom this would not have been possible,” she said in closing.

Originally passed in 1996 and reauthorized in 2000 and 2008, the TBI Act represents a foundation for coordinated and balanced public policy in prevention, education, research, and community living for people with TBI. The TBI Act specifically allocates federal funds for programs supporting individuals with brain injury to federal agencies including the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the National Institute for Health (NIH) and the Health Resources Administration (HRSA).

The House of Representatives voted to reauthorize the House version of the TBI Act in a floor vote on June 24, 2014. The Senate bill was introduced by Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) on June 26 and passed out of the Senate Health, Labor, Education, and Pensions (HELP) Committee on July 23.

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