Washington, DC- Today, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) announced that his bipartisan legislation with Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) to reauthorize the Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) program has passed the Senate. The Casey-Hatch bill reauthorizes the program for another five years (through FY2019) at the current funding levels. The TBI program provides assistance to millions of Americans suffering from brain injuries. These injuries, which are generally the result of a bump, blow or jolt to the head, range from mild to severe and can lead to lifelong complications or even death.
“Passing this legislation in the Senate is an important step to continuing our support for individuals living with TBI,” Senator Casey said. “I’m hopeful the House will quickly take up and pass this legislation. Traumatic brain injuries have serious consequences for children and adults across the country. This legislation will improve our efforts to address TBI and identify additional opportunities for research into pediatric brain injuries.”
The Casey-Hatch TBI legislation is supported by American Association of Neurological Surgeons, American Physical Therapy Association, American Psychological Association, American Trauma Society, Brain Injury Association of America, Child Injury Prevention Alliance, Congress of Neurological Surgeons, National Association of State Head Injury Administrators, National Association of County and City Health Officials, National Association of County and City Health Officials, National Association of State EMS Officials, Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists, National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence, National Council on Aging, Prevent Child Abuse America, Safe Kids, and the Safe States Alliance.