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The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) is the voice of brain injury on Capitol Hill. We tirelessly advocate for greater access to care for civilian and military populations, expanded brain injury research, adequate resources for state programs and increased congressional awareness of brain injury issues, among other priorities.

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Latest Policy Corner News - February 27, 2015

2015 BIAA Legislative Issue Briefs

Please use BIAA's legislative issue briefs when you are meeting with your elected officials to advocate for individuals with brain injury on Brain Injury Awareness Day on Capitol Hill and throughout the year. You can use the legislative issue briefs for talking points during your meeting and as leave behind materials.

BIAA Federal and State Public Policy Platform

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Brain Injury Awareness Day, March 18, 2015

The Congressional Brain Injury Task Force (CBITF), co-chaired by Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-N.J.) and Rep. Tom Rooney (R-Fla.), has set the date for Brain Injury Awareness Day for 2015. Awareness Day activities will be held on Wednesday, March 18, 2015. The Brain Injury Association of America participates in the annual event by assisting with planning, exhibiting, and sponsoring the reception along with other stakeholders, the National Association of State Head Injury Administrators and the National Disability Rights Network. Plan to attend to network with other national and federal agencies and to visit with your Members of Congress regarding key issues affecting brain injury.

The preliminary schedule for the day's events is as follows:
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. - Awareness Fair in the Rayburn House Office Building Foyer
2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. - Briefing: Finding a "New Normal": Post Injury Supports and Services That Make A Difference in Cannon House Office Building, Room 121
5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. - Reception in Rayburn House Office Building, Room B-339

2015 Advocacy Message

Welcome to the 114th Congress! The first session convened on Jan. 6, 2015, with Republicans in control of both chambers. Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) kept his position as Speaker, and Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) was elected as Senate Majority Leader. On Jan. 20, 2015, President Barack Obama delivered his State of the Union Address, outlining a series of proposals to strengthen middle class families. While policymakers could strike a deal on tax reform, they remain far apart on other major issues. Amidst the continuing partisan divide in Washington, the Brain Injury Association of America will pursue an ambitious policy agenda. Our goals are to: 

- Strengthen federal and state TBI Programs
- Increase access to medically-necessary care, including rehabilitation
- Keep individuals with brain injury financially solvent and family caregivers strong
- Advance and accelerate brain injury research
- Expand the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force

Grassroots advocacy will be critical to achieving these goals. Please download our 2015 legislative issue briefs, sign up for our free Policy Corner e-newsletter, and plan now to attend Awareness Day on Capitol Hill on March 18.

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