The House of Representatives has passed the TBI Reauthorization Act (HR 1098), which is an act that will provide funding for research and programs for traumatic brain injury (TBI). The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) reports that the measure was passed by voice vote in the House on June 25 and will now move on to the Senate.
If passed, the act will specifically provide funding to the to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) for TBI research and programs supporting individuals with brain injury, according to the APTA news report.
APTA was among the organizations advocating for the bill, and the group applauds the passage of the bill in the House, as indicated on the APTA news report.
Advocacy for the reauthorization is part of a broad push by APTA to bring attention to TBI as well as rehabilitation. The APTA news report notes that the group’s efforts include: involvement in the Joining Forces initiative, promotion of the Protecting Student Athletes From Concussions Act (HR 3532), participation in a congressional Brain Injury Awareness Day in March, and most recently, the fly-in that allowed APTA members to speak with members of Congress and their staff on the importance of rehabilitation research.
To view APTA’s resources on TBI, visit http://www.apta.org/TBI.