The House Appropriations Committee has recently revealed its list of proposed cuts to the FY 2011 Federal budget, including the Health Resources and Services Administration, the National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other critical programs impacting health, disability and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) patients, including the many armed forces veterans who suffer from TBI and PTSD.
The House plan to vote on these cuts next week in advance of the March 4th expiration of the current Continuing Resolution (CR). Congress has said that there are “no sacred cows”; and that every program is a target for cuts. And, deeper cuts could still be on the way through the open floor amendment process.
The House floor vote is expected next Thursday, February 17th. The Brain Injury Association of New Mexico is calling on all New Mexicans citizens who advocate help for the disabled to contact their Representatives now to urge them to vote against these budget cuts.
You can either send an email containing some of the talking points listed below or call him/her. To identify your Congressman/woman and his/her contact information, visit www.congress.org and enter your zip code.). Here are some “talking points” that will help educate your representative.
- TBI is the signature condition of the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, as a growing number of soldiers are suffering from blast and other related injuries.
- The TBI Act is the only Federal pro
- gram focused on issues faced by individuals with traumatic brain injury and their families; and is the only Federal program assisting States to address these unique and complex service needs.
- Increased funding is needed for the HRSA Federal TBI Grant Program to ensure funding for every State, Territory and the District of Columbia. Currently, less than half of the States have received a 4-year grant to improve and expand services for individuals with TBI and their families.
- States are experiencing severe budget cuts that already are hampering their ability to serve and assist people with crisis, short-term and long-term care needs.
- The HRSA Federal TBI Grant Program affords people with TBI protection and advocacy (P&A) services to help them to access systems, make sure their legal and human rights are protected, and to make sure they are free from abuse and neglect.