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Senators Hatch and Casey Introduce Bill to Reauthorize TBI Program

26-Jun-2014

The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) announced that Senators Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Bob Casey (D-Penn.) introduced legislation in the Senate today to reauthorize the Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Act through FY2019 at the current funding levels.

The TBI Act is the only federal legislation that addresses prevention, research, and service system coordination for the 2.5 million civilians who sustain TBIs in the U.S. each year, and the more 5.3 million who live with a disability because of brain injury. These injuries range from mild to severe and can lead to lifelong complications or even death.

"The TBI Act has improved the quality of life for individuals who sustain brain injuries and their families all across the country,” said Susan Connors, President and CEO of BIAA. “We are deeply grateful to Senator Hatch for his enduring commitment to the Federal TBI Program, and we welcome Senator Casey’s involvement in reauthorizing the law, which was first enacted in 1996.”

On June 24 the House of Representatives passed the Traumatic Brain Injury Reauthorization (TBI) Act of 2013. BIAA has been working closely with staff members of Sens. Hatch and Casey to get legislation introduced in the Senate. 

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BIAA is the country’s oldest and largest nationwide brain injury advocacy organization. Our mission is to advance brain injury prevention, research, treatment, and education, and to improve the quality of life for all individuals impacted by brain injury. Through advocacy, we bring help, hope, and healing to millions of individuals living with brain injury, their families and the professionals who serve them.


 
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