As reported by the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions on July 23, 2014
S. 2539 would amend provisions of the Public Health Service Act that authorize the Department of Health and Human Services to conduct activities related to traumatic brain injury. Those activities, including the study and surveillance of traumatic brain injury, and the awarding of grants that support access to services, are carried out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The bill also would require the Secretary of Health and Human Services and CDC to undertake additional activities including providing reports to the Congress relating to traumatic brain injury.
The bill would authorize the appropriation of about $15 million annually for fiscal years 2015 through 2019 for activities related to traumatic brain injury. CBO estimates that implementing the bill would cost $61 million over the 2015-2019 period, assuming appropriation of the authorized amounts. Pay-as-you-go procedures do not apply to this legislation because it would not affect direct spending or revenues.
The bill contains no intergovernmental or private-sector mandates as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act.