Family wearing purple smiling for cdc funding

The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion’s Epilepsy program tracks epilepsy, seizures, risk factors, co-occurring conditions and access to care through surveys and research; partners with epilepsy organizations like the Epilepsy Foundation to promote prevention, raise awareness and reduce stigma; supports trainings for health care providers, schools, law enforcement and others to recognize seizures and deliver the right care; and connects people with epilepsy to programs that teach self-management skills and improve emotional health. The CDC’s Epilepsy program is funded every year through the congressional appropriations process.


In Federal Fiscal Year 2021, the Foundation urges Congress to provide $11.5 million for the CDC’s Epilepsy program.


Congress is completing work on the Fiscal Year 2021 budget. The House approved a $1 million increase for the CDC Epilepsy program and the Senate Appropriations Committee recommended level funding. The Foundation is advocating for the $1 million increase (for a total of $10.5 million) in the final bill.

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