The President released his Fiscal 2009 Budget on Monday, February 4, and once again, this year's Budget proposes to eliminate funding for the TBI Act HRSA state grant program. BIAA issued a press release condemning the President's Budget on Monday afternoon. To view a copy of BIAA's Press Release, please visit our website at http://www.biausa.org/policyissues.htm.As in recent years, President Bush's Proposed Budget calls for large spending increases in defense spending, while at the same time, freezing or cutting funding for a variety of other domestic programs, including public health programs related to TBI care.
The three federal agencies charged with implementing TBI Act programs - the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) - received either flat or significantly decreased funding in the President's Budget.
The Budget proposes to cut HRSA funding by approximately $1 billion. In addition, CDC funding would be reduced by $433 million, and the NIH would receive only flat funding. The National Institute for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), which houses the TBI Model Systems of Care program, received only flat funding as well.
A key legislative priority for BIAA this year is to work to prevent any cuts in funding for TBI programs from occurring and to instead achieve a significant increase in federal support for TBI programs. Stay tuned for BIAA Legislative Action Alerts regarding TBI-related appropriations.