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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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2017 BIAA Legislative Issue Briefs

Stay tuned for BIAA's legislative issues briefs for 2017 and the 115th Congress!

BIAA Federal and State Public Policy Platform

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Brain Injury Awareness Day, March 22, 2017

BIAA would like to thank the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force co-chaired by Reps. Bill Pascrell, Jr. and Thomas J. Rooney for hosting Brain Injury Awareness Day on Capitol Hill which will be held on March 22, 2017! As in years past, the day will begin with the Brain Injury Awareness Day Fair in the Rayburn House Office Building, First Floor Foyer. This is an exciting opportunity to network with Members of Congress and congressional staff while learning about the brain injury community and field. Faces of Brain Injury: The Invisible Disability Affecting Children and Adults will be the briefing topic this year. The briefing will be held in the Gold Room (2168) of the Rayburn House Office Building. The day will end with a reception in the Gold Room to honor the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force and to celebrate brain injury awareness month which is March.

Grow the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force

Please ask your Representative and Senators to join the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force, the only task force in Congress representing the brain injury community. The task force is Chaired by Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.) and Co-chaired by Rep. Thomas J. Rooney (R-Fla.). BIAA thanks Reps. Pascrell and Rooney for their continued leadership in Congress for the brain injury community. The task force is very important and the brain injury community must participate in keeping the task force strong by adding new members each year. The task force serves as a clearinghouse of information for Congress and the public. It promotes full funding for the TBI Act and other brain injury research programs, and provides guidance to federal agencies on policies and proposed rulemakings. Please use this form to ask your Representative and Senators to join the task force. You can call the United States Capitol Switch board to contact your Representative and Senators at 202-224-3121. You can also email by visiting the House of Representatives website and the United States Senate website. You can also meet in person during a district meeting when you Representative or Senator is home for a Congressional Recess. Thank you for your support of the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force. To view the current list of members click here.

2017 Advocacy Message

On January 3, the 115th Congress convened with new members being sworn in. The House of Representatives has the smallest freshman class of any Congress in the last 10 years – 62 new members and 473 incumbents. Rep. Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) was formally elected as the Speaker of the House and Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is the House Minority Leader. Vice President Joe Biden conducted the formal swearing in of 34 newly-elected Senators on the same day. Senator Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is the Senate Majority Leader and Senator Chuck Schumer (R. N.Y.) is the Senate Minority Leader.

The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) is excited about the opportunities that lie ahead for the brain injury community as we work with the Administration for Community Living (ACL) to maximize the Federal TBI State Grant Program, which was relocated to ACL in October 2015. BIAA still has many fights ahead, including protecting access to healthcare through the Affordable Care Act and as important access to rehabilitation.

Amidst the continuing partisan divide in Washington, the BIAA will pursue an ambitious policy agenda. Our goals are to:

- Protect the Affordable Care Act from repeal;
-Protect Medicaid from block grants;
-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; and
-Expand the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force.

Grassroots advocacy will be critical to achieving these goals. Please download our 2017 legislative issue briefs, sign up for our free Policy Corner e-newsletter, ask your Representative and Senators to join the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force, and plan now to attend Awareness Day on Capitol Hill on March 22, 2017.

 
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