DearColleague.us

Letter

Bill Pascrell

From the office of:

Bill Pascrell

From: The Honorable Bill Pascrell, Jr.

Sent By: alyssa.penna@mail.house.gov
Bill: H.R. 4251
Date: 6/30/2014

Dear Colleague:

As the co-chairs of the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force, we ask you to join us in cosponsoring bipartisan legislation to help track and assess the incidence of traumatic brain injury (TBI).

Known as the “silent epidemic,” TBI has been dubbed the signature injury of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Meanwhile, incidence continues to increase here at home among our nation’s civilian population. From the battlefield to the athletic field, TBI remains a leading cause of death and disability in both adults and youth.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 2.4 million TBIs occur each year and 5.3 million Americans live with a life long disability as a result of TBI. Despite the pervasiveness of these injuries, there is currently no national system to track the incidence, prevalence, and circumstances of TBI. While the CDC currently assesses the incidence of TBI, these efforts are limited due to a lack of resources. The establishment of a national surveillance system would give the CDC the ability to collect robust, uniform data to help aid TBI research, the development of treatments, assess the need for services, and, possibly, find a cure.

 

The National Traumatic Brain Injury Research and Treatment Improvement Act of 2014 would:

 

  • Direct the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to evaluate existing monitoring and data collections systems that track the incidence and circumstances of traumatic brain injury, including concussion; and submit a report to Congress outlining these findings.

  • Establish a statistically sound, scientifically credible, integrated surveillance system. This system would, to the extent practicable, track the incidence and prevalence of TBI, as well as important demographic information and other information relevant to analysis on traumatic brain injury.

     

If you are interested in becoming a cosponsor, please contact Alyssa Penna in Congressman Pascrell’s office atAlyssa.Penna@mail.house.gov or Jessica Moore in Congressman Rooney’s office at Jessica.Moore@mail.house.gov.

 

Sincerely,

 

Bill Pascrell, Jr.                    Thomas J. Rooney

Member of Congress            Member of Congress