Honolulu’s Brain Injury Attorney UPDATE: House approves TBI Reauthorization Act

Ian Mattoch is an attorney that represents persons with traumatic brain injury.  Ian has law offices in Honolulu, Hilo, Kailua Kona, Lihue, Wailuku, and Waimea.  He received a news alert this morning regarding the House Committee on Energy and Commerce’s approval of H.R. 1098, the Traumatic Brain Injury Reauthorization Act of 2013.  

Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) of the House Energy and Commerce Committee stated that there was nothing “controversial” in the approved legislation.  The bill reauthorizes a series of traumatic brain injury research and service programs for the next five years.

In order to keep control of federal spending, this marked up version of the bill has added authorization levels for TBI Act programs based on current appropriations vs. the current statute that based appropriations on sums as necessary.  The authorization of funding for state grants and Protection and Advocacy grants will now be administered by the secretary of Health and Human Services.

Further, H.B. 1098 authorizes $6 million annually for the CDC to carry-out research on the prevention of traumatic brain injury and state grants for surveillance of traumatic brain injury.  In addition, the bill authorizes $10 million annually through 2018 for state grants to increase traumatic brain injury rehabilitation and provide advocacy services for people with traumatic brain injuries.

For more information on H.B. 1098, SEE the Committee’s website to find the Committee/ Subcommittee members and their contact information.

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