CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
On Tuesday, June 24, 2014, the House will consider H.R. 1098, the Traumatic Brain Injury Reauthorization Act of 2013, under a suspension of the rules. H.R. 1098 was introduced on March 12, 2013 by Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) and referred to the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which ordered the bill reported, as amended, by voice vote.
H.R. 1098 amends the Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Act of 2008 to reauthorize through FY 2019: 1) Center for Disease Control (CDC) projects to reduce the incidence of traumatic brain injury; and 2) traumatic brain injury surveillance systems or registries. Moreover, it reauthorizes state grants administered by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) for traumatic brain injury projects and for protection and advocacy services through FY 2018. H.R. 1098 would also allow grant programs to move from HRSA to another agency within HHS to better coordinate TBI activities.
Approximately 1.4 million Americans currently experience TBI, and another 3.2 million Americans live with long-term disabilities as a result of brain injury. Of these, 360,000 have been inflicted as a result of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. The total economic burden of TBI is estimated to be $60 billion annually. This legislation reauthorizes CDC and HRSA activities and programs related to TBI, and extends grants for services and support to individuals afflicted with TBI.
CBO estimates that implementing this legislation would cost approximately $74 million over the 2015-2019 period, assuming the appropriation of the authorized amounts.
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