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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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2014 BIAA Legislative Agenda/Issue Briefs

BIAA encourages all advocates to use these issue briefs when working with national, state and local government officials on critical public policy issues for people with brain injury, including: access to care, research, TBI Act appropriations and reauthorization, military, and membership in the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force

BIAA Federal and State Public Policy Platform

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TBI Act Reauthorization 

The United States Senate passed the Traumatic Brain Injury Reauthorization Act of 2014, S. 2539 on Tuesday, September 16. TBI Act Reauthorization, H.R. 1098, sponsored by Reps. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ) and Tom Rooney (R-FL), passed the House of Representatives on June 24, 2014. Chairman Harkin (D-Iowa) and Ranking Member Alexander (R-TN) leaders of the  Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee passed TBI Act Reauthorization out of committee on July 23, 2014. Sens. Hatch (R-UT) and Casey (D-PA) introduced Reauthorization of the TBI Act, S. 2539 on June 26, 2014. The House of Representatives will vote on the TBI Act after the mid term elections.

Brain Injury Awareness Day 2014

A big thank you to everyone who participated in brain injury awareness day on Capitol Hill!!! BIAA appreciates all the advocates who traveled to Washington on March 12 to educate Congress on the resources needed for individuals with brain injury and their families. BIAA would like to thank the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force, especially Reps. Pascrell and Rooney, for planning a successful event. Also, BIAA thanks all of the advocates who contacted their congressional representatives to inform them March 12 was Brain Injury Awareness Day on Capitol Hill and encouraged them to attend the day's events.The exhibit fair and briefing were both very well-attended, with standing room only. BIAA thanks the panelists for traveling to DC to participate in the briefing. After a successful day on Capitol Hill our work still continues. Please continue to meet with your Representative and Senators in the home district office to continue educating them about brain injury. Please stay tuned to Policy Corner for updates and action on the TBI Act, HR 1098.

2014 Advocacy Message

As the second session of the 113th Congress begins, the Brain Injury Association of America looks forward to the next year with enthusiasm for our legislative priorities. Even though Congress will face midterm elections this year, BIAA is hopeful for TBI Act  reauthorization in 2014!

With the budget accord reached before the winter holiday recess by House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan and Senate Budget Chairwoman Patty Murray, appropriators can now finish work on a fiscal 2014 omnibus spending bill before funding runs out on January 15. The budget accord established overall discretionary spending levels for both fiscal 2014 and fiscal 2015 that will make it easier for lawmakers to move some of the 12 fiscal 2015 appropriations bills that it has been handled by Continuing Resolution in recent years. BIAA will continue to monitor appropriations and advocate for funding of TBI programs in the President’s Fiscal Year 2015 budget. Appropriations increases in 2014 are unlikely with the current political environment, but BIAA still has opportunity to elevate our cause in Congress.

As in 2013, BIAA looks forward to collaborating on our policy agenda in 2014. Our champions on Capitol Hill, Reps. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ) and Tom Rooney (R-FL) will lead our efforts to reauthorize the TBI Act and will host Brain Injury Awareness Day with the members of the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force on March 12, 2014. The TBI Act, H.R. 1098, was voted out of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce at the end of 2013 and BIAA looks forward to floor debate in the full House of Representatives early this year. The Congressional Brain Injury Task Force will assist BIAA in promoting our other policy goals that include increasing access to high quality care and maintaining vital brain injury research.

BIAA will also be monitoring the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to ensure individuals are not denied brain injury services which would be a violation of the ACA. BIAA will collect quantitative and qualitative data throughout 2014 and report the information to the Secretary of Health and Human Services.

BIAA will also continue to monitor and comment on the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs’ research and treatment for active duty military, their dependents, and Veterans in 2014. 

BIAA will collaborate with our federal agency partners in 2014, including Health Resources and Services Administration, the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health, the Food and Drug Administration, the Administration for Community Living, and the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services in the Department of Education, and continue to participate in the many health and disability coalitions whose members share our goals.

BIAA appreciates all the efforts and involvement of our grassroots in the legislative process. Thank you! In 2013 you witnessed your hard work in action as the TBI Act, H.R. 1098 moved successfully out of committee in the House of Representatives. BIAA will continue to count on its grassroots advocates to show members of Congress how important brain injury is to their constituents in 2014. You have all truly made a difference and we hope to continue that excitement and dedication in 2014! Happy New Year and best wishes in 2014!

 
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