On Friday September 9, 2011, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor/HHS will consider a draft version of a Fiscal Year 2012 Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (Labor/HHS) bill. Contained in the bill will be provisions important to people with brain injury including programs authorized through the TBI Act as well as the TBI Model Systems of Care program. Although subcommittee consideration will likely be top line figures only, it is important that Members of Congress remember brain injury as a vital issue requiring broad attention.
It is essential that these underfunded programs gain the resources necessary to improve access to quality care for people with brain injury. Call your Congressmen now!
To contact your Member of Congress to urge them to tell the Subcommittee to support sustained and increased funding for TBI programs, call the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 or 800-965-4701 and ask for your Member's office. If you do not know who your Member of Congress is, visit www.house.gov and insert your zip code in the top right corner of the home page. Feel free to use the following script when speaking with Congressional staff:
Hello, my name is _______________ and I'm calling from ______________, which is in your district. Please register my support for TBI programs contained in the Labor/HHS/Education appropriations bill and urge Representative ____________ to support sustained and increased funding for the TBI Act and TBI Model Systems of Care found in the bill.
Please tell Rep. ____________ to voice his/her support for these programs to the Labor/HHS Appropriations Subcommittee which are vitally beneficial to people with brain injury and their families who reside in your district. It is critical that the Subcommittee consider this important issue while allocating funding during consideration of this legislation on Friday, September 9th. Thank you for your continued support of people with brain injury.