March is Brain Injury Awareness Month and the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) is hoping to bring attention to the level of work that is still needed to adequately diagnose and treat the millions of Americans who suffer from traumatic brain injuries. In recognition of this month, the organization is highlighting its 2015 legislative goals:
*Increase and advance brain injury research studies – While acknowledging the progress that has been made in TBI research and treatment, this initiative seeks to decrease the vast amount of unknown variables that still exist. BIAA asks Congress to support the BRAIN Initiative, which works to give physicians a better understanding of the brain and its workings.
*Increase widespread access to rehabilitation, as well as other medically necessary methods of care – This initiative directly supports several pieces of pending federal legislation. BIAA wants the Improving Medicare Post -Acute Care Act passed to assist with rehabilitation access.
*Strengthen TBI support programs at the state and federal levels – This initiative specifically refers to the Federal TBI State Grant Program and the Protection and Advocacy Grant Program. Organization leaders hope to secure about $10 Million for program funding. They also want them administratively transferred to the Administration for Community Living.
*Expand the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force – BIAA is asking all members of Congress to join the Taskforce.
*Maintain emotional and financial support for individuals with brain injuries and the families who care for them – To advance this initiative, BIAA is working towards the preservation of Social Security, noting that many TBI patients must depend on government assistance programs.
*Improve Public Understanding about TBIs – This initiative focuses on the prevalence of brain injuries among young athletes. BIAA is asking Congress to support the Concussion Treatment and Care Tools Act, which will give grants to states that agree to train school athletic directors about best practices and the proper treatment of athletes with concussions.
BIAA hopes to call attention to these initiatives during Brain Injury Awareness Day, which takes place on March 18, 2015. Sponsored by the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force, stakeholders and interested parties will meet at the House of Representatives Office Building to discuss the continuous need for research and action to help individuals living with a TBI. The events of the day include a briefing, awareness fair and an evening reception.
BIAA assists with the planning of the event and provides informational material. The organization also co-sponsors the reception, along with the National Association of State Head Injury Administrators and the National Disability Rights Network. In a message about the upcoming events, BIAA stated, “Amidst the continuing partisan divide in Washington, the Brain Injury Association of America will pursue an ambitious policy agenda.”
If you or a loved is suffering with a severe brain injury, contact the experienced attorneys of Levin & Perconti at (312) 332-2872 for a free consultation. These knowledgeable attorneys will aggressively work to secure the compensation to which you are entitled.
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