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Key Issues

In September 2016, NASHIA membership voted on public policy priorities for the 115th Congress. These priorities will be further explained in its Public Policy Platform. NASHIA advocates for funding, legislation and policies affecting an array of issues with regard to education, employment, health care, housing, community services and supports and other issues that affect individuals with TBI of all ages across their lifespan. In addition, NASHIA participates supports injury prevention, research, disability, health care, and safety net programs.

1. Enhance and expand state capacity to provide services and supports:

a. Increased funding for the Administration for Community Living (ACL) TBI Federal TBI Grant Program

- Joint Letter from NASHIA, BIAA, NACDD and NCIL to Senate/House Appropriators Opposing the President’s FY’18 Proposal to Cut TBI State Grant Program and Consolidate with Other Programs, June 9, 2017

- NASHIA Senate Testimony to Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor-HHS-ED, May 31, 2017

- Congressional Members Support Letter to House Appropriators for TBI Act and Model Systems funding, April 6, 2017

- NASHIA Testimony to House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor-HHS-ED, March 9, 2017

- NASHIA and BIAA Recommendations for FY 2018 Funding

- Congressional Brain Injury Task Force sign on letter in support of ACL TBI programs, March 2017

b. Maintain and expand ACL initiatives to include TBI (e.g. Aging and Disability Resource Centers, Lifespan Respite Care, Assistive Technology)

- CCD sign on letter to House Appropriators for Assistive Technology Act funding, July 6, 2017

- CCD sign on letter to Senate Appropriators for Assistive Technology Act funding, July 6, 2017

- Organizational Support Letter to Appropriators to fund Lifespan Respite Care Program. We are also requesting that, at a minimum, you fund Title III E, the National Family Caregiver Support Program, June 9, 2017

c. Initiatives addressing brain injury and co-occurring conditions

d. Education, including students with concussions and youth within juvenile justice systems.

- NASHIA Recommendations for TBI and Criminal Justice, Dec. 2016

- Improving Educational Outcomes for Children and Youth with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Recommendations transmitted to the U.S. Dept. of Education, submitted by National Association of State Head Injury Administrators in partnership with the National Collaborative on Children’s Brain Injury, June 2016.

e. Other

NASHIA Recommendations on TBI and Criminal Justice, December 2016

2. Expand public and professional awareness about TBI and service delivery:

a. Expand National TBI surveillance

b. Improve reporting by public education systems (child find or child count)

c. Identification of TBI in other disability and health care systems

d. TBI Awareness Month and Awareness Day activities

- Action Alert: Congressional Brain Injury Task Force Awareness Day, March 22, 2017

e. Other

3. Maintain and expand access to health care, rehabilitation, and community-based long-term services and supports and community integration for individuals with brain injury

- CCD sign on letter to Representatives/ Senators supporting the Disability Integration Act, July 18, 2017

- CCD Organizational Sign On Letter to Senate Opposing House Proposals to Healthcare Reform Relating to Medicaid, May 19, 2017

- National Organization Letter for Lifespan Respite Reauthorization, May 18, 2017

- Organizational Support Letter to House and Senate Committee Chairs on Supporting the Steve Gleason Enduring Voices Act of 2017 to Remove Sunset Provision in 2015 Act, April 28, 2017

- Organizational Sign On Letter to House Committee on Energy and Commerce Chair and Ranking Member Opposing H.R. 1394, which Removes the Federal Assurance of Medicaid Nonemergency Medical Transportation (NEMT), April 3, 2017

- Coalition to Preserve Rehabilitation (CPR) Organizational Sign on Letter to House to Maintain Key Provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) regarding Rehabilitation Services and Devices, April 20, 2017

- Congressional Members Support Letter to House Appropriators for DoD funding for Wounded Warriors with TBI

- Coalition to Preserve Rehabilitation (CPR) sign on support letter for the Medicare Access to Rehabilitation Services Act of 2017, March 6, 2017

- Sign on letter to House and Senate Leadership opposing Medicaid block grants and cutting Medicaid, March 3, 2017

- Congressional Brain Injury Task Force sign on letter in support of VA and DoD TBI Programs, March 2017

- CCD sign on letter in support of the Stop Taxing Death and Disability Act of 2017, to no longer treat student loan discharges on the basis of total and permanent disability as income for tax purposes, Feb. 15, 2017

- CCD sign on letter to House leaders opposing overturning a rule promulgated to reduce employment discrimination against people with disabilities and veterans, including those with service-connected disabilities, Feb. 1, 2017

- CCD sign on letter to Senate leaders opposing overturning a rule promulgated to reduce employment discrimination against people with disabilities and veterans, including those with service-connected disabilities, Feb. 1, 2017

- Medicare Rights, Justice in Aging, and the Center for Medicare Advocacy sign on letter to House and Senate Leadership regarding the effect of the ACA repeal on older adults, people with disabilities, and their families, Jan. 13, 2017

4. Expand research to promote best practices with regard to TBI treatment, care, rehabilitation and vocational rehabilitation

- Congressional Brain Injury Task Force sign on letter in support of NIDILRR TBI model systems, March 2017

5. Expand primary and secondary prevention related initiatives to reduce the number of TBI-related injuries and to minimize affects

- Sign on letter to House/Senate Appropriators supporting CDC Injury Center Funding for Elder Falls Prevention, July 11, 2017

- Injury and Violence Prevention Network Support Letter to House and Senate Appropriators for Funding for the CDC National Injury Center, April 30, 2017

- Organizational Sign on Letter to House Appropriators Supporting Funding for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), March 2017

- Organizational Sign on Letter to Senate Appropriators Supporting Funding for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), March 2017

6. Maintain safety net programs for individuals with brain injury

- The Beneficiary Enrollment Notification and Eligibility Simplification Act, or “BENES” Act, relating to Medicare Eligibility and Enrollment Notification, May 2017

Proposed Federal Agency Rules and Regulations and Federal Plans

 

 

 

 

 

 



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