According to an article by Carlos Mayorga in the The Salt Lake Tribune, a new fund has been created for Utah residents who have suffered a traumatic brain injury. This financial assistance is intended to be used in the training of medical personnel and for medical expenses that programs such as Medicaid don’t cover.
According to Mayorga, more than 2,500 new brain injuries are sustained every year in Utah. With this short-term funding, those who have been unable to receive proper treatment stand a better chance. So far there have been private contributions to the fund, so the hope is that after the initial one-time government contribution of $50,000 runs out, either the government will provide more or they will continue to receive donations.
Hopefully more progressive policies will come out of Utah’s move towards supporting the often ignore TBI population.