The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed S. 2539, the Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Reauthorization Act of 2014, sponsored by Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and co-sponsored by Senator Bob Casey (D-PA). Rebeccah Wolfkiel worked closely with key policy leaders and stakeholders on behalf of the National Association of State Head Injury Administrators (NASHIA) to get this important legislation passed. The next step is for the bill to be signed by President Obama.
The TBI Reauthorization Act reauthorizes existing TBI programs within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), as well removes Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) from sections relating to both the State as well as Protection and Advocacy grant programs leaving the administering agency to be determined by the Secretary of HHS. It further calls for the Secretary of HHS to develop a TBI Coordination Plan, and also directs the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to conduct a scientific review of the management of children with TBI. The bill provides appropriations for those programs through 2019.