Traumatic Brain Injury Reauthorization Act Introduced in the House of Representatives

Representatives Bill Pascrell Jr. (D-NJ) and Thomas Rooney (R-FL) have introduced the Traumatic Brain Injury Reauthorization Act of 2013 (H.R. 1098). The TBI Act, first passed in 1996 and last reauthorized in 2008, currently authorizes programs in the Health Resources and  Services Administration (HRSA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and National Institutes of Health (NIH) to conduct research and provide services to people with TBI and their families. The law also authorizes HRSA to make grants for the Protection and Advocacy for Traumatic Brain Injury (PATBI) program. The reauthorization would move TBI programs out of the Maternal and Child Health Children’s Program to acknowledge the impact of TBI across the lifespan, including older adults and returning service members/veterans.

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