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From National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL):
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is a disruption in the normal functioning of the brain due to a bump, blow, jolt or penetrating head injury. Approximately 1.7 million people suffer a traumatic brain injury annually with 52,000 dying. While most of these injuries are mild, resulting in short-term disruption, such as from a concussion, many are severe, resulting in prolonged unconsciousness or amnesia and occasionally leading to permanent disability or death. Prompt emergency response and appropriate trauma care is essential to survival and recovery from TBI. TBI is estimated to have direct and indirect costs of $60 billion to society annually on top of the emotional burden faced by family and friends of someone who suffers a TBI. Effective treatment for TBI sufferers can save money. Adherence to treatment guidelines for severely injured TBI patients costs about $2,500 per person but will save over $11,000 in direct medical costs.
TBI programs and services are funded through various federal and state sources. For example, 22 states and the District of Columbia currently operate a Medicaid Home- and Community-Based Services (HCBS) waiver targeting patients with TBI. HCBS waivers are active in 48 states and the District of Columbia (Arizona provides similar services through a different waiver), providing funding for cost-effective services to those at risk of being institutionalized due to a medical condition. Other efforts support TBI research and prevention programs. Six states receive grants for TBI programs from the CDC through the Public Health Injury Surveillance and Prevention Program.
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Here is a map and synopsis of state laws on brain injury.

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