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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 - November 20, 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

BIAA would like to thank Reps. Pascrell (D-N.J.) and Rooney (R-Fla.), Co-Chairs of the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force, for planning a successful Brain Injury Awareness Day on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, March 18. The day included a brain injury awareness fair with over 50 exhibitors, a briefing, Finding a “New Normal” – Post Injury Supports and Services that Make a Difference, and a reception to celebrate the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force and Brain Injury Awareness Month.

Reps. Pascrell (D-N.J.) and Rooney (R-Fla.) introduced The National Traumatic Brain Injury Research and Treatment Improvement Act of 2014 during Brain Injury Awareness Day. This legislation would direct the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to evaluate existing monitoring and data collections systems that track the incidence and circumstances of traumatic brain injury, including concussion; and submit a report to Congress outlining these findings. The legislation would also establish a statistically sound, scientifically credible, integrated surveillance system. This system would, to the extent practicable, track the incidence and prevalence of TBI, as well as important demographic information and other information relevant to analysis on traumatic brain injury.

The events were attended by elected officials including; Reps. Pascrell (D-N.J.), Rooney (R-Fla.), Meehan (R-Pa.), Murphy (R-Pa.), Beatty (D-Ohio), Pallone (D-N.J.), and Norcross (D-N.J.). BIAA and NASHIA presented awards to Sens. Casey (D-Pa.) and Hatch (R-Utah), Reps. Pascrell (D-N.J.), and Rooney (R-Fla.) for their leadership to reauthorize the TBI Act. BIAA would like to thank the brain injury survivors, BIAA’s chartered state affiliates, and brain injury advocates from across the country that attended Brain Injury Awareness Day on Capitol Hill!

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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