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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 - March 18, 2016 
 

2016 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

Click here to download BIAA's public policy platform.

Brain Injury Awareness Day, March 16, 2016

BIAA would like to thank the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force co-chaired by Reps. Bill Pascrell, Jr. and Thomas J. Rooney for a successful Brain Injury Awareness Day on Capitol Hill! The day was well attended and included a brain injury awareness fair followed by a briefing Concussion – It’s Just Not a Concussion, and the day ended with a reception celebrating the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force and Brain Injury Awareness Month. Thank you to the brain injury advocates who traveled to Washington D.C. to be a part of this important day and to educate Congress on the needs of individuals with brain injury and their families. There was a broad representation of states this year including Pennsylvania, Ohio, Iowa, North Carolina, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Colorado, Missouri, Vermont, New Jersey, Texas, Alabama, Illinois, New Hampshire, Maine, Virginia, and New York. BIAA looks forward to seeing you next year in 2017!

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.

2016 Advocacy Message

Happy New Year! Welcome to the second session of the 114th Congress! 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 rehabilitation.

Republicans are in control of both chambers with new leadership in the House of Representatives. Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) was elected in late in 2015 when John Boehner (R-Ohio) retired from Congress. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) continues to hold the Majority Leader position in the United States Senate. This year brings a Presidential election in the fall, so there is a lot of speculation about the outcome and potential changes in the White House in 2017.

Amidst the continuing partisan divide in Washington, the BIAA 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; and
- Expand the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force.
Grassroots advocacy will be critical to achieving these goals. Please download our 2016 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 16, 2016.

United States Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee

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