As part of its mission, the United States Brain Injury Alliance (USBIA) encourages federal and state legislation and policy that supports the expressed needs of individuals with brain injury and their families.
To accomplish this, the USBIA actively collaborates with USBIA members annually to identify priority federal and state legislative and policy issues. They also work independently to introduce and support key federal legislation and important issues that will positively impact the brain injury field. Updates on USBIA current legislative activities will be posted below. For more information about USBIA, please visit their website.
USBIA SUPPORTED LEGISLATION: NEWLY INTRODUCED
S.516: A bill to amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to permit alternate standards and assessments for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities. Prime sponsor is Christopher Murphy of Connecticut. Patty Murray of Washington is a cosponsor. Pending consideration by the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. Text for bill is not yet available.
S.539: A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to repeal the Medicare outpatient rehabilitation therapy caps. Prime sponsor is Benjamin Cardin of Maryland. Cosponsors are Susan Collins of Maine and Mark Steven Kirk of Illinois. Pending consideration by the Senate Committee on Finance. Text for bill is not yet available.
H.R. 829: SAFE PLAY Act. Lois Capps of California is prime sponsor. Cosponsor is Bill Pascrell of New Jersey. Pending consideration by two committees: 1) House Committee on Energy and Commerce; and, 2) House Committee on Education and the Workforce.
LEGISLATION: PREVIOUSLY INTRODUCED
H.R. 648: Trauma Systems and Regionalization of Emergency Care Reauthorization Act. Prime sponsor is Michael Burgess of Texas. Cosponsors are: Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee; Gene Green of Texas; Raul Grijalva or Arizona; Sander Levin of Minnesota; and, Bobby Rush of Illinois. A report states that the House Committee on Energy and Commerce passed the bill.
USBIA also supports the TBI Reauthorization Act of 2014- President Obama signed S. 2539 in November 2014. The law, P.L. 113-196, authorizes spending for prevention, data and other activites conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and for the US Department of Health and Human Services to fund grants to States for purposes of expanding access to rehabilitation and community services. It also funds state Protection and Advocacy Systems to serve individuals with TBI.